Biohacking Emotional Regulation

By Jonathan Roseland

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My first session with the EmWave2 was a little awkward, at first, the Coherence indicator was a major distractor, so it added to the consummate compartmentalization challenge that is Dual N-Back training.

I used EQPro which is a new version of the leading Dual N-Back software from IQ Mindware and my friend Dr. Mark Ashton Smith, which trains emotional regulation at the same time. EQPro is the Dual N-Back task with emotional data that you have to either ignore or remember.

What these two technologies have in common is that they both train Emotional Regulation, according to Wikipedia: 

"the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with the range of emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed."

Training the Emotional Brain: Improving Affective Control through Emotional Working Memory Training

"Here we show, using behavioral and fMRI measures, that 20 day of training on a novel emotional WM protocol successfully enhanced the efficiency of this frontoparietal demand network. Critically, compared with placebo training, emotional WM training also accrued transfer benefits to a “gold standard” measure of affective cognitive control–emotion regulation."

To quote a 2014 study of 14 personnel of the San Diego (California) Police Department:

"Participant responses were also uniformly positive and enthusiastic. Individual participants praised the program and related improvements in both on-the-job performance and personal and familial situations. The results support the efficacy of the program to achieve its goal of building stress resilience and improving officer wellness by providing practical self-regulation skills for better management of emotional energy."

I'd love to say that EmWave2 and EQPro are synergistic, complementary tools, but making that kind of claim would take running an actual double-blind study that would take the kind of resources I don't have. My experience has been that they are highly complementary tools. I make it a habit to brain train daily and too emWave at least twice daily, so it just makes sense for me to do them simultaneously.

I'm going to continue cross-training with the EmWave2 and brain training software apps and will report results as they develop.

EQPro
 
3.7
Category: Software & Apps
i3Mindware®
 
4.0
Category: Software & Apps

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