Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Peak Achievement Trainer® and Peak Achievement Training®?
The Peak Achievement Trainer® is a patented, state-of-the-art neurovideofeedback™ training program which improves attention and behavior problems in adults and children without using drugs. neurovideofeedback™ has distinct advantages over brainwave feedback or EEG brainwave feedback. The PC-based Trainer uses a program called Peak Achievement Training®, which is based on the latest advances in neurovideofeedback™ technology, neuroimaging studies, and recent NASA and Air Force research on the brainwaves of peak performing B2 bomber instructor pilots. The Training builds on the foundation of this research by helping teach individuals to focus better and more consistently – just as ace B2 bomber pilots do. The research found that these top pilots cycle between focusing intensely and taking brief mentally relaxing “microbreaks”, and that measuring these cycles was the best way to pick the top pilots.  Peak Achievement Training® teaches the user to learn to take these “microbreaks” to recharge their brains, while improving their focusing and relaxation abilities.
What is neurovideofeedback™ ?
There are two meanings for the word, Neurovideofeedback™.  The first is the ability to control the playback of a DVD or video file by starting and stopping it or making the picture larger or brighter as you succeed.  The second meaning is a method of training the brain to improve itself by letting the user know more clearly what his/her brain is doing from moment to moment, by recording and then showing video and their brainwaves of their actions at the same time. The user learns what they need to do to focus and relax more intensely by following the instructions and using the information from the computer-generated displays and sounds.
How does it work?
The training challenges a person to focus. It builds on their success over just a few seconds to quickly improve their ability to stay focused. The Trainer detects and analyzes their brainwaves and tells them when they are concentrating and when they are not by changing the sounds they hear from the computer and several displays on the computer screen. The object is to focus on a moving line on the computer screen that represents the user’s focusing level, and to keep the line above a certain level for as long as they can. The more a person learns to focus, the better they are able to control the line on the screen and keep the sound tones at a high pitch. It may be compared to lifting weights to build muscles – focusing training with brainwave feedback strengthens the brain’s ability to focus.
How long does it take?
Training time is rapid. After the initial session, individuals only spend twenty to thirty minutes two or three times a week in self-administered training sessions on their own time. Improvements in focusing and reduced stress are normally seen in only four or five sessions. Most people report that they are more able to focus for a longer time after fewer than ten sessions. The total number of sessions required by most individuals to reach optimum performance averages from twelve to twenty. The number of sessions needed for those with a high degree of difficulty paying attention is twenty to forty. If those sessions are tapered off gradually at the end, gains will usually be maintained. After that, occasional maintenance sessions will be a helpful boost. Those who are (or aspire to be) elite athletes will benefit even more from daily practice during the learning and maintenance phases.
How will it benefit trainees?
The potential benefits of Peak Achievement Training® are improved performance in sports, school, work, and everyday life, including:
Sports – helping to find “The Zone” of peak performance, refining athletic skills, sustaining focus on the game, reducing stress and anxiety, eliminating distractions, improving imagery, correcting discipline problems, improving physical fitness and strength training, and faster closed-head injury rehabilitation.
School – paying better attention in class, improving grades, reducing stress to develop better test taking skills, improving memory, calming impulsive behavior, enhancing scores on IQ and performance tests, and improving behavior to help eliminate potential violent situations.
Work – developing better work habits through superior focus, mastering new tasks and material more quickly, bettering accuracy, improving sales performance and business relationships by really learning how to listen to others, decreasing stress and the associated health problems, opening channels of communication for improving employer/employee relationships, and helping to prevent potential violent situations.
How likely is it to improve focus?
Research studies demonstrate significant positive changes using neurofeedback training for a wide array of focus-inhibiting problems: pain, strokes, head injuries, depression and anxiety. There are over 15 publications in scientific journals that document improvements in concentration, learning, and behavior. In one study, Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee found that in over 1,000 students that he trained, the average improvement in grades was 1.5 levels (for example, from a GPA of C- to a B). Their standardized test scores improved by about 2.5 grade levels. A study demonstrating the effectiveness of the Peak Achievement Trainer® has been presented at several scientific meetings.  Other studies are underway at Washington University, the University of Nebraska, a Fortune 1000 company..  The official publication of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback featured an article on achieving excellence through Peak Achievement Training®.

Neurofeedback’s remarkable successes has been reported nationally on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s Eye to Eye, and National Public Radio, as well as a variety of local TV and radio stations across the country. It has also been written about in Newsweek, Psychology Today, Women’s Day, Reader’s Digest, by the Associated Press, and featured in a several books, including Jim Robbins’ “A Symphony in the Brain”. The Peak Achievement Trainer’s® particular abilities have been reported in the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest and Fox News. The success of using neurofeedback in a public school system has been covered in Parade Magazine and the New York Times. However, the FDA presently prohibits us from making any claims or guarantees that it specifically helps particular diseases.

What kind of computer do I need?
The Peak BrainHappiness Trainer Pro sets up simply on almost any computer.  We recommend the following minimum computer configuration for optimal performance but less complete computers will still support most functions:
  • Windows Vista or 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 and some Windows-based tablets.
  • MACs with a PC partition over 40 Gb are fine.  We can supply abbreviated instructions but no further support.  PC emulators may work but are not supported.  Other MACs, IOS and Android are not supported.
  • A Pentium processor running at 1.5 GHz. or better or equivalent.  Works on laptop mobile processors.
  • Do not use a Lenovo or a HP PC under any circumstances.  We will not support them.  We do not recommend any PC with Roxio pre-loaded on it.  
  • 64-bit processors, dual, quad and hyperthread processors are fine but not required.
  • 1 GB RAM or more.
  • An internal Bluetooth system or an external adapter.  We recommend ASUS 4.0.
  • A free USB port for program copy protection (HASP) and one for Bluetooth.  The battery charger cable can connect to one of these while its not in use or another USB port.
  • An internal DVD or CD player for media playback.
  • Any recent graphics system, integrated with the motherboard or not.  
  • SoundBlaster or compatible sound card or integrated system.
  • For neurovideofeedback™ involving recording video, a  DVI camcorder or a videocam or webcam (and an appropriate USB or Firewire port) is required and a very large amount of hard drive space (207 MB per minute of projected video memory capacity) is recommended.  
  • For neurovideofeedback™ involving just playing back DVDs or videos, this is not required.  
  • Laptops customized for the PAT and with everything installed are available at extra cost. 
What is included in the package?

The Peak BrainHappiness Trainer Pro is the deluxe version of the Peak Achievement Trainer, the product we introduced in 1998 for improving Focus and Alertness.  Don’t let its simple but elegant design fool you into thinking its not a professional grade product.  It includes:

  • Special proprietary biofeedback protocols, with screens and sounds that respond to your brainwaves. These are designed to register the Neureka! brainwaves, in addition to the Focus and Alertness measurements.  No other neurofeedback system has these three protocols. 
  • The lightweight, comfortable BrainLink Pro.
  • Three Dry Sensors, which make training very convenient
  • The wireless Bluetooth Transmitter
  • An internal battery which will run for 4-6 hours
  • A special version of BioExplorer, very versatile biofeedback software, with video recording and playback integrated
  • Two detailed Manuals (PDF files) including lesson plans
  • A Quick Guide to doing Sessions
  • Training Videos that really simplify the process step by step
  • Support by email and phone
  • An hour’s consultation about how to use it for your best purposes
  • Special bonuses on the installation disc
The Peak BrainHappiness Trainer Pro is the deluxe version of the Peak Achievement Trainer, the product we introduced in 1998 for improving Focus and Alertness.  Don’t let its simple but elegant design fool you into thinking its not a professional grade product.  It includes:
The Mood Elevator includes an additional manual and 8 software designs.
What is included in the package?
Prices are available by filling out the inquiry form.
What do I do if I have trouble using it?
Installation is easy with a Manual to guide you through it. The manual and workbook also includes planned lessons on focusing and relaxation. Peak Achievement Training®, is available by phone and e-mail for technical and user support.
What do I do if I have trouble using it?
Installation is easy with a Manual to guide you through it. The manual and workbook also includes planned lessons on focusing and relaxation. Peak Achievement Training®, is available by phone and e-mail for technical and user support.
Can I return it if I am not satisfied?/Is there a satisfaction guarantee?
We are so confident that you will find the Trainer useful and enjoyable, that we offer an exclusive 6 week return privilege, except when prohibited by the leasing company. We want you to give the Trainer a fair chance to show what it can do.  We will accept a return within 6 weeks prepaid with all parts in like new condition, provided the lessons in the manual/workbook have been completed by the buyer, or the Trainer has been used with 3 or more clients (at least 4 sessions each) in order to give it a fair trial. Sessions must be recorded (archived) and you must obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Shipping charges are not refundable. There is a 10 percent return fee on orders paid for by a charge card.
What is the warranty?
One year on the electronics, 90 days on SensorBand, SensorVisor, and SensorPhone.
How much time is required by a trainer, school aid, or a sports team’s coaching staff?
Very little time–just to get students started and monitor the user’s improved performance.  An office or staff aid, or an academic tutoring center can administer the whole program. Training is done in self-administered twenty to thirty minute sessions on the user’s own time, two or three times a week, and away from any sports practice. The training does not count against their NCAA practice time limitations.
What are the specific benefits?
The long-lasting benefits from PAT may include:
  • More productive employee and sales staff
  • Better customer service
  • Reduced employee and sales training costs due to lower turnover
  • Ability to train marginally effective employees and sales representatives to solve labor shortage
  • Ability to retrain and retain aging employees, executives, and sales representatives
  • Lower health care costs due to reduced stress
  • Improving channels of communication for better employer/employee, sales staff relationships
  • Reducing the potential for violence in the workplace through improving behavior and impulsivity
  • Potential for increased profits
Employee and Sales Representatives:
  • Developing better work habits through superior focus
  • Mastering new tasks and material more quickly
  • Learning sales tracts faster
  • Improving listening skills by learning how to really listen to others
  • Staying better organized
  • Bettering accuracy
  • Decreasing stress and the associated health problems
  • Potential for increased salary or sales and commissions
  • Achieving a superior concentration and focus level
  • Staying in the “Zone” of peak performance
  • Reducing off-sides penalties
  • Reducing missed assignments
  • Improving strength training and physical fitness
  • Building confidence to make that game-winning field goal or reception
  • Reducing bad snaps
  • Maintaining peak performance when fatigue sets in
  • Eliminating distractions
  • Remaining eligible to play
  • Paying better attention in class
  • Improving grades (for example, from a GPA of a C- to a B)
  • Reducing stress for better test taking skills
  • Calming impulsive behavior
  • Enhancing results on standardized IQ and performance tests
What are the advantages of the Peak Achievement Trainer®?
  • Now you can actually see and improve what your brain and body are doing as you strive for peak performance!
  • Produces quick, long-lasting improvements in focusing, learning, stress, behavior (impulsivity/hyperactivity), and relaxation without drugs.
  • Integrates video recording and playback to allow you to view the relationships between activities and Focus and Alertness.
  • Users can control any DVD, CD, or an animation file with their Focus or Alertness.
  • “Beat the mean” approach enhances motivation.
  • It is effective for improving concentration in adults and children without using drugs.
  • Training protocol is based on NASA and Air Force research on peak performers – B2 bomber pilots.
  • It is the first clearly accurate interface between the brain and a PC.  Exclusive, patented feedback is very user-friendly, accurate, and reliable.
  • Users typically understand it in minutes, rather than taking about 10 sessions.
  • Costs less than other neurovideofeedback™ equipment while providing the same capability to do other training protocols.
  • Trainers, counselors, and therapists can increase their revenue by offering neurovideofeedback™ training as an added service to their clients/patients, and potentially increase revenue through insurance reimbursement information included with the program,
  • The sensors use salt water to connect to the scalp, rather than messy electrode paste.
  • A video provides step by step instruction for setup and the first session.
  • Clients and patients understand it and really enjoy it.
  • Portable – may be used with a laptop.  The entire system and the laptop fit in a briefcase.
  • Comes with a 6 week money back guarantee provided it is used and sessions are recorded with three  clients/patients, or the purchaser has completed the workbook.
  • In use by U.S. and international athletic training centers with world-class amateur athletes, professional and collegiate athletes, sport psychologists, educators, parents, companies, therapists, and other individuals.
  • Training time is more rapid than typical neurofeedback protocols.
  • Includes a subscription to any workbook and software updates.
  • Distributorships are available to qualified professionals; the Peak Achievement Trainer® may be sold to clients, patients, schools, companies, or other contacts.
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