Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a drug-free tool that can help people improve their attention, processing speed, working memory, executive function, and even their golf game.

Interactive Metronome®(IM)

Interactive Metronome® (IM) is an evidence-based assessment and training tool that measures & improves Neurotiming, or the synchronization of neural impulses within key brain networks for cognitive, communicative, sensory & motor performance.

As the individual activates a trigger in time with a steady auditory beat, IM technology provides real-time auditory and visual feedback for millisecond timing. Knowing whether he is hitting before, after, or exactly in sync with the beat to the millisecond allows the individual to make immediate, online corrections to improve timing & rhythm over the course of training.

Peer reviewed studies repeatedly confirm the importance of timing & rhythm for human performance. According to IM research, improving Neurotiming may result in better function in the following areas:

Attention
Processing Speed
Working Memory
Executive Functions
Self-Regulation
Expressive & Receptive Language

Reading Comprehension
Rate & Fluency, Mathematics
Upper Extremity Function (Parkinson’s, hemiplegia, CP,    hand function)
Motor Coordination
Athletic Performance (golf, soccer)

Sessions can be done either by appointment, in-person in our office or remotely from home with 24/7 availability.
Check out my recent blog on the IM. Below are some studies and stories to help you see what it does.

Train Your Brain Scholarship Recipients Selected!

In the spirit of giving back, since many have supported my work, we have awarded a limited number of scholarships for training on the IM with us this summer.

My new Assistant Brain Coach, Tricia Dangcalan, and I have seen clients make great strides in terms of: focus and mental stamina, reducing procrastination, confidence and decisiveness, information processing speed, feeling more “with it” in meetings, speech fluency, and emotional intelligence in leadership.

Training will be done three times a week in our downtown office, ideally. The scholarship entails 15 sessions free of charge, includes pre and post training testing, and ongoing progress tracking.

Many of the studies done on the IM's success are based on the 10-15 session protocol. Subsequent sessions, if desired, will be offered for a reduced fee. 

An At-Home remote training option is feasible but would entail an additional fee for the home equipment purchase.

Golf Studies Support Competitive Gain

Training in Timing Improves Accuracy in Golf (click to see study)

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Olimpik/Shutterstock

  • The Interactive Metronome was used to train and analyze the golfer’s ability to match a variety of movements to a steady beat.
  • The participants in the experimental-condition group (n = 20) received 10 hr of Interactive Metronome training in 12 sessions of 50-min each.
  • The results of the present experiment suggest that training in timing improves accuracy in golf. Moreover, the improvement in performance was consistent across golf clubs.
  • The training made the coordination between participant’s intention and voluntary movement more precise. Sensory training using the Interactive Metronome may have modified the temporal representation used for both sensory and motor systems.

Synchronized Metronome Training Induces Changes in Kinetic Properties of the Golf Swing
(click to see study)

  • Participants were 13 right-handed male golfers.
  • Ages range from 20 - 33 years.                   
  • The IM system assessed participants’ timing and rhythmic skills at pre- and post-test and also the training intervention was utilized.           
  • The SMT intervention included 12 sessions of training with the IM system, distributed over three 45–50 min sessions a week during a 4-week period after the pre-test.                        
  • This study provides new evidence that improved motor timing, as an effect of 4 weeks of SMT, induces changes in the coordinative structure (dynamics) and the temporal synchronicity between joint couplings of the arms as well as between individual joints and the golf club motions during the golf swing. Furthermore, it demonstrates a decreased variance in the joint couplings after SMT training.
  • Findings indicate that SMT influences the underlying coordinative structures and the temporal synchronicity of the upper-limb movements involved during the golf-swing performance.  
 A male golfer about to take a swing.

Effect of Timing Training in Golf and Soccer Players
(click to see study)

  • Participants were 26 right-handed male golfers.
  • Ages range from 20 - 37 years.                   
  • The Interactive Metronome (IM) system assessed the participants’ timing and rhythmic skills at pre- and post-test.    
  • The main purpose of the SMT is to improve the participants’ motor timing and rhythmicity skills by means of sensory motor synchronization training (producing movements, i.e. handclaps, in response to an external rhythmic auditory signal).                    
  • The SMT intervention in studies I/II and III included 12 sessions of training with the IM system, distributed over three 45-50 min sessions a week during a four- week period after the pre-test.            
  • In summary, four weeks of SMT showed evident motor timing improvements, as assessed by the IM testing paradigm.

Seniors Take to Metronome to Add Stability to Gait, Even to Golf Game (click to see study)

  • Patients are said to be prone to fall which can result to serious health problems.
  • The residents in Pelican Bay use IM to improve patient’s motors skills, ability to focus and filter out distractions and improve stamina after a fall of stroke.
  • 10 to 15 patients have gone through programs of three sessions a week for four to six weeks.
  • The aim with stroke patients is to get the side of the body that has been impacted by the disease to be more in tune with the side of the body that has not been effected.
  • For people with Alzheimer’s disease, doesn’t benefit because of the progressive nature of the disease.
  • With Parkinson’s disease patients have the mental capacity to absorb and make changes to their brain functionality, but doesn’t show dramatic improvements in mobility and daily living functionality.

Rosita Dominates the Links with IM (click to see study)

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Phovoir/Shutterstock

  • 81 years old.
  • She is active, walks regularly, does weight training.
  • Plays golf 2 - 3 times a week.
  • Given 14 sessions but completed 19 sessions in two months.
  • Was given the post-LFA and post-IM interview. Even though her post LFA showed only a 19% improvement over the pre-LFA, her functional gains were significant. By session 8, she had started to see an improvement in her golf game, and by the end she was very excited by her improvement.
  • She experienced marked improvement in memory recall, concentration/focus and coping skills.
  • Her scores for 18 holes went from 100-105 pre-IM training, down to 92-100 after IM.

Annie's Story

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You may already know about my Interactive Metronome® journey from my recent Blog (Memory, Rhythm, Clapping: The Power of  Millisecond) and my tidy office. I love this tool and have begun collecting stories from clients.

Prior to a major shift in geography, Annie (below) decided some brain brightening was in order to give herself every advantage in approaching this new step with energy and clarity. So she decided to purchase a 15-session package, which she completed over a period of 5 weeks. I hope you enjoy her story. Annie, best wishes in your transition!

Transition and Confidence

There are certain points in life where you want to feel your best -- and then some. An artist, educator and editor, Annie was looking for brain training to improve her memory and processing before making a job transition.

 

What is it like to do the IM Program?

IM was challenging, but Annie gained energy, confidence, and more social ease. Her biggest takeaway was success after a nurturing and fruitful experience.

 

Planting Seeds and Opening Doors

IM can benefit people of any age. For Annie it has planted a seed and opened a door of perception in how she communicates with others. One of her next challenges is to continue learning the German language. "Keep moving forward," she says.

To learn more about the Interactive Metronome®, go here.