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New Research Published:Incorporation of Feedback During Beat Synchronization is an Index of Neural Maturation and Reading Skills
Published September 11, 2016 in the Brain and Language Journal, researchers from Northwestern University looked at how auditory, visual and motor maturity can be identified within these various systems utilizing synchronous modalities such as Interactive Metronome®.Continue reading
Mature brains exploit feedback when keeping a beat
Clapping along with a metronome is a deceptively simple task that requires the integration of multiple neural systems. Incorporating visual cues to guide beat keeping—as in Interactive Metronome (IM) training—only makes this more complicated because fine-grained timing in the brain’s auditory and motor centers has to align with similar functions in the visual system.
New research by Nina Kraus (www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu) at Northwestern University has unraveled what it takes to contend with this visual feedback. Kraus and colleagues looked under the hood of IM performance by testing 74 adolescents who clapped along to a metronome with and without visual feedback. The same adolescents underwent tests of cognitive and literacy skills. Next, Kraus and colleagues measured the brain’s electric activity at rest and in response to sound, with scalp electrodes.
IM performance with and without visual feedback tracked with cognition and literacy—adolescents who clapped more precisely on IM in both conditions also had more advanced working memory, phonological processing, and reading. Things got even more interesting, however, when Kraus and colleagues took a look at brain function. Adolescents with a more mature neural profile, both in terms of resting neural activity and neural activity in response to speech sounds, did a superior job clapping with visual feedback in IM. There was no link between IM performance without feedback and brain activity.
“A more mature brain is a healthier and more resilient brain,” said Kraus, who has pioneered ways of measuring the brain’s activity across development. “These findings show that the ability to incorporate visual feedback while keeping a beat systematically aligns with brain maturity. It stands to reason, then, that training the brain to exploit multisensory rhythm processing could speed up brain maturation and bolster cognitive health.”
Kraus and her team are now studying beat keeping in preschoolers who have not yet learned to read. Their goal is to identify an objective, biological marker of risk for reading impairment that can motivate early interventions such as IM. “Early interventions are incredibly effective in preventing reading struggles. Converging evidence suggests that training the brain’s auditory and motor timing systems could offer a powerful approach to early intervention for a wide variety language and literacy delays.”
“Incorporation of feedback during beat synchronization is an index of neural maturation and reading skills” was published in Brain and Language. To learn more about Nina Kraus visit www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu.
Avera St. Lukes uses Interactive Metronome and reflex therapy to help Gannon Schock get his brain and body more in sync. Where homework was a lot stress on him, it now only takes him a quarter of the time it used to!Continue reading
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most diagnosed childhood disorders, but children aren't the only ones who can be affected. This new infographic will help you to explain to your clients the types of ADHD, how symptoms can present themselves in various environments and tips to living with ADHD.
Growing up and going through school with learning disabilities is no easy feat - regardless of how determined a person is. The key is to recognize the symptoms and address the issues. In Andrew's case - he just wanted to be a normal teenager, a goal that he was able to achieve through Interactive Metronome® training.
Sam's life was turned upside down after he suffered from a left arteriovenous malformation (AVM) with bleeding, which caused him to suffer from many complications especially after surgery. During his recovery, and after being admitted into HealthSouth's comprehensive brain injury program, Sam was able to make progress and gains towards returning to his normal daily life, with the help of Interactive Metronome® training.
Are you finding it difficult to wrap your head around how and why IM works? Or finding it difficult to explain what IM is to clients, families and friends? rest assured IM is here to help!Continue reading
We sometimes get asked about how IM works with other treatment modalities - and while each situation is unique, our Clinical Education Director, Amy Vega sheds some light on IM and the DORE Program.
Here at Interactive Metronome®, seeing our Providers in the news gives a special feeling of accomplishment; especially when they are able to incorporate current news in the media with using IM. This news clip, from WMAR Baltimore, features our very own Kate Ortman from Brain Training Center of Maryland and her son, Greg, who uses IM to help with his concussion recovery.
With the new Will Smith movie "Concussion" coming out (released on December 25th), we hope that it sheds light on a very important and dangerous topic - untreated sports related brain injury.Continue reading
Research Annoucement: A research grant has been awarded to study the effects of Interactive Metronome® therapy on aging American Indians.
It's November and the holidays are upon us. The kids are out of school. It's time for vacation, family gatherings and a new Provider of the Month! This November, we chose a wonderful Chiropractor from Florida, Dr. Michael Bagnell. Dr. Bagnell has been working with pediatric and adult/geriatric clients and those suffering from TBI (traumatic brain injury), dementia, and mood disorders, and we are happy to have him in our network. Check out his story here.Continue reading
Tom, a retired veterinarian diagnosed with Parkinson’s, was struggling with consistent movement. After IM training, not only was be able to improve his weight shifting but he also able to ease his reliance on his walker.
Claudia is an older woman has been diagnosed with demenita. Claudia's family wasn't really sure how to help her, so they reached out to Interactive Metronome®. With IM training, Claudia was able to improve and increase her attention.
Iman is a bright young boy who was having difficulty with speech and language processing, and attention and focus. His parents and teachers had both expressed concern, and he was on medication to help control his issues. Find out how IM training help Iman improve in school and in daily life, and why his parents and teachers are raving about the results.Continue reading
This June is National Aphasia Awareness Month and we want to kick off the month with a happy story. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that Aphasia affects approximately 1 million people in the US alone, but IM training can help those individuals! Check out how Pat was able to enjoy poetry again after just a few sessions with Interactive Metronome®.Continue reading
It's June and the weather is heating up. The kids are out of school. It's time for vacation, cookouts and a new Provider of the Month! This June, we chose a wonderful Occupational Therapist from Texas, Mary Pat Bragers. Mary has been working with children who have sensory integration issues and developmental delays for years, and we are happy to have her in our network. Check out her story here.Continue reading
Fumio was having a tough time dealing with his Tourette syndrome and it was beginning to take its toll on his schoolwork and home life. His tics were becoming increasing noticeable and physical violent despite his best efforts to control them. His mother didn't like the idea of prescription medication, but she knew that something had to be done...so, she turned to IM training. Check out Fumio's story here.Continue reading
At Interactive Metronome®, we love it when our Providers are featured in the news, and we love sharing it with all of you! We are thrilled that the Scarborough NeuroDevelopment Center was featured in the news at the Northeast Athletic Trainer's Conference in Portland, ME.
At Interactive Metronome®, we love to hear all the new and exciting ways our products are being used to help clients. That is why we were thrilled when the folks at the Memorial Hospital West Fitness & Rehabilitation Center added IM training to their program. This center works with all ages, helping children return to the sports they love and adults recover from the debilitating effects of brain injuries, strokes and many other conditions.Continue reading