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New Study Shows That the Neureka! Feedback Used in the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer is Related to Positive ExperiencesA new study shows that brainwave signals associated with feelings of happiness, love, satisfaction, gratitude, full awareness, mindfulness, peace, and the absence of stress can now be measured. The study also showed that Transcendental Meditators™ with over 10 years experience could enhance this brainwave pattern associated with good feelings much more powerfully than subjects who did not meditate, although both groups learned to increase this pattern in just one session. The study established that the Neureka! brainwave biofeedback protocol, which is used in the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer, is able to give users instantaneous, clear information about these brainwaves related to these positive feelings.
Both meditators and controls were first asked to try to observe the Neureka! feedback without knowing anything about it, and to tell Dr. Rubik what it felt like when it was high. This is what they said:
"Detachment from myself; trust in something bigger.
Letting something higher come into my consciousness; not trying from the ego
Joy; bliss; connection with the angelic realm
Alert; focused on something new; being in the moment
Warmth from my heart chakra and the bottom of my feet; thinking of people I love, including love for those who have passed on
Curiosity; enthusiasm; joy; novelty of experience
Love; compassion; anger; surge of joy
Concern for others; romantic feelings; receptive to loving touch; opposite of trauma and grief
Relaxed; feeling good; having a good time; happy inner laughter; opposite of anxiety
Joy; clairvoyance; loving feeling; meditative bliss; trying doesn't get me there; preparing for the state doesn't always make it happen
Open heart chakra; relaxed and calm; receptive; warm fuzzy feeling; feels close to the center of the brain
Pure love; childlike wonder; anticipation of something new and good; thinking higher thoughts; a core connection to the Absolute; the opposite of stress."
Next, they were asked to create particular positive and negative experiences by following a description for two minutes each, while they were looking at the Neureka! feedback signal, and to rate the relationship between momentary changes in the experience and the Neureka! measure along a -100 to +100 scale, with 0 representing no relationship, 20 a mild relationship, 40 a moderate association, 60 a strong one, 80 a very strong relationship, and 100 an extremely strong connection. Eleven of the 16 adjectives showed very strong positive relationships.
However, the meditators were far better able to reach the Neureka! state quickly upon request, indicating that practicing Transcendental Meditation™ prepared them to have these positive experiences.
The Peak BrainHappiness Trainer is the first instrument that can teach users to directly enhance these very powerful feelings by increasing the brainwave output from the Prefrontal Pleasure Center, a part of the brain’s pleasure system mediated by the neuromodulator, dopamine. The training begins by showing the user a very pleasant DVD, and then putting the DVD under the control of the user’s Neureka! brainwaves. As the user becomes happier and the Neureka! output increases, the picture gets larger. The user soon begins to understand how to create the feelings that are necessary to keep the picture larger—directly, without the use of words or thoughts.
The Peak BrainHappiness trainer also includes several MeditAider Protocols, designed to help those who are having trouble meditating to keep calm and focused, and to enhance their Neureka! levels.
Dr. Rubik holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has published over 80 papers and 2 books. Dr. Rubik presently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine; Integrative Medicine Insights; and Revision. She is adjunct professor in Integrative Health at California Institute of Integral Studies; adjunct faculty member in Integrative Health at Saybrook Graduate School; and a holistic health practitioner to clients at Health Medicine Center in Walnut Creek.
To read the scientific abstract of this study, CLICK HERE.
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