Dec 1, 2016
Dr. Andrew Hill is one of the top peak performance coaches in the country. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA's department of Psychology and continues to do research on attention and cognitive performance. Dr. Hill is the founder of Peak Brain Institute, host of the Head First Podcast with Dr. Hill, Lead Neuroscientist at truBrain, and lectures at UCLA, teaching courses in psychology, neuroscience, and gerontology.
I went in to the Peak Brain Institute of Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Andrew Hill having literally no idea what I was getting myself into. I had agreed, in advance, to get what they call a Quantitative EEG “brain mapping” assessment, and then have Dr. Hill go over the results with me live on the podcast. Easy… and fun. I was about to learn about how awesome my brain function was… or so I thought.
For the test, they put a web of electrodes over my skull and watched my brain waves for about 20 minutes, after which they made me go through a nauseatingly boring number sequencing test. The only hard part of either was keeping myself from drifting off to sleep.
Simple, right? Super fun. Piece of cake. Until hearing the results - live on the podcast. Turns out, I’ve got some brain issues. See that picture below? The one where the map of my brain looks bright red? Those are my Theta waves… and the bright red color indicates I’m 3 or more standard deviations away from normal (which is a lot in statistical talk). YIKES! For the full rundown of what this all means you’ll have to listen in on the podcast.
But don’t fear, it’s not all bad. The point of the testing is not just to find out what’s wrong, but to actually do something about it. Dr. Hill said that with regular training, conditions like mine that can affect my sleep, attention span and ability to focus are fully correctable. I’ll be doing at least a month’s worth of brain training to find out just how much of a difference it makes - so look for the follow-up episode!