AttenGo vs. Neurofeedback
One of the most important advantages of AttenGo is that it can be used at home, without professional supervision, and it was designed to work without EEG feedback and accessories such as helmet or electrodes. A built-in scoring system provides immediate visual and auditory feedback that tells users whether they’re getting the desired results. The program reports both general progress and areas of special difficulty and records the results for constant monitoring of progress.
The two techniques differ in other important ways. Most neurofeedback protocols focus on developing sustained attention, by encouraging the production of Beta 1 brainwaves and by inhibiting slow Theta brainwaves. Other aspects of attention, such as selective attention, orienting of attention, and executive attention, are not usually reinforced. These aspects are critical in developing the well-rounded cognitive skills essential to listening, reading, learning, problem solving, following instructions, and interacting responsibly in various settings.
Unlike neurofeedback, AttenGo trains for cognitive skills on the most fundamental level. Also, in addition to enhancing Beta 1 brainwaves, it reinforces Beta 2, important for alertness. The program enables users to practice the lows and highs of each frequency band and trains them to quickly shift from one band to another (Alpha/theta, Beta 1, Beta 2) thus developing better attentional flexibility.
In addition, it helps in improving working memory, which is impaired in most individuals suffering from focus and concentration problems. Neurofeedback does not address auditory related difficulties at all. AttenGo does that as part of the training.
AttenGo does even more: it trains users to meet cognitive challenges against both visual and auditory distractions enabling marked improvement in the ability to concentrate even in a noisy classroom or workplace.
Neurofeedback’s main known advantages:
Stabilizing brain wave ratios (beta/theta)
Neurofeedback’s main disadvantages:
Expensive ($2000 and up)
Requires hardware and specialized setup
Does not develop/enhance core cognitive skills
Does not replicate learning environments
AttenGo’s combined advantages:
Improves brain wave ratios
Improves frontal lobe activation and executive function
Improves working memory
Improves attentional flexibility (alpha, beta1, beta2)
Enhances core cognitive skills (see the complete list here)
Improves both visual and auditory processing
Enhances both pre-content (neuro-cognitive) as well as content based processing
No specialized equipment is required
Fully emulates learning environments
Easy to use
Training is more interesting and challenging
Faster and more comprehensive results
Program is significantly less expensive
Training is completely free from side effects