Accelerating Training Using Interactive Neuro-Educational Technologies: Applications to Archery, Golf and Rifle Marksmanship

By Chris Berka, Adrienne Behneman, Natalie Kintz, Robin Johnson and Giby Raphael.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Interactive Neuro-Educational Technologies (I-NET) are designed to increase the pace and efficiency of skill learning by modeling psychophysiological characteristics of expertise and developing sensor-based feedback to accelerate novice-to-expert transition. A Pre-Shot Peak Performance (PSPP) profile was identified in experts in marksmanship, archery and golf. The PSPP is characterized by an increase in electroencephalographic (EEG) frequency bands of theta (3-7 Hz) and alpha (8-12 Hz), and a local change in heart rate in the seconds leading up to the shot/putt. The PSPP profile of expertise was then incorporated into a novel device called the Adaptive Peak Performance Trainer (APPT). The APPT integrates real-time analysis of EEG and heart rate to provide automated feedback of trainees’ psychophysiological state (in relation to the psychophysiological profile of expertise). Preliminary data indicate that marksmanship learning trajectories improve significantly when novices train with the APPT as compared to controls.

Keywords: EEG, Training, Expertise, Skill Learning, Neuro-feedback, Neuro-technology, Marksmanship, Archery, Golf

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.87-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.346MB).

Chris Berka

Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, USA

CHRIS BERKA, CEO and Co-Founder of Advanced Brain Monitoring has over 25 years experience managing clinical research and developing and commercializing new technologies. She is co-inventor of seven patented and seven patent-pending technologies and is the principal investigator or co-investigator for grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health, DARPA, ONR and NSF that provided more than $19 million of research funds to ABM. Prior to founding ABM, she played a key role in the growth of an AMEX public company that patented and commercialized a forensic hair test for psychopharmacological profiles of drug use. She has 10 years experience as a research scientist with publications on the analysis of the EEG correlates of cognition in healthy subjects and patients with sleep and neurological disorders. She received her B.A. with distinction in Psychology/Biology at Ohio State University and completed graduate studies in Neuroscience at the UCSD.

Adrienne Behneman

Project Manager, Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, USA

Ms. Behneman is a Project Manager at Advanced Brain Monitoring. Since 2007, she has played a key leadership role in the Accelerated Learning, RAPID and ANITA projects. She is interested in the development of neuroscience-based tools to enhance training and education. Her current focus is on researching the psychophysiology of expertise in domains including marksmanship, deadly force decision making and team function, as part of the Accelerated Learning project. Prior to joining ABM, Ms. Behneman was a high school math and science substitute teacher and tutor. She also helped develop a recycling education program as a Department Specialist for the City of Escondido. Ms. Behneman received her BS in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Natalie Kintz

Assistant Project Manager, Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, USA

Ms. Kintz is an Associate Project Manager at Advanced Brain Monitoring. Since starting at ABM in 2008, she has helped manage all Institutional Review Board documentation to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. She has played a leadership role in the Sleep Neurotherapy, Perceive, ANITA and Accelerated Learning Projects. Prior to joining ABM, Ms. Kintz was a Research Coordinator at the Urological Sciences Research Foundation where she actively monitored clinical studies related to innovative prostate treatments. She was also a Research Intern at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute where she investigated the correlation between Urinary Incontinence and early diagnostic techniques. Ms. Kintz received her B.A. with honors in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California.

Robin Johnson

Director of Psychophysiological Research, Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, USA

Dr. Johnson is the Director of Psychophysiological Research at Advanced Brain Monitoring. She has conducted research on the effects of pre-natal cocaine exposure on higher-level cognitive performance, psychophysiology of taste and smell and the effects of stress of the disease course of Theiler’s virus infection and has over 15 publications in the fields of psychophysiology of stress and psychoneuroimmunology. Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Psychology from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. She completed her BS in Psychology at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO and also holds a BASA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

Giby Raphael

Director of Product Development, Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, USA

Dr. Raphael is the Director of Product Development at Advanced Brain Monitoring. He has held positions both in industry and academia. He worked as a Project Leader at the Automotive Research Division of Johnson Controls, MI and as a Senior Software Engineer for Microwave Data Systems, NY, and Larsen & Toubro Ltd, India. Along with being the Director of Product Development at ABM, he holds a joint appointment at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Dr. Raphael received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree from India and also holds Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Regulatory Science (partial), from the University of Southern California. Dr. Raphael’s doctoral research concentrated on developing controllers for voluntary movement (reach & grasp) with applications in humanoid robotics and reanimation of spinal cord injured patients. In addition, he holds degrees in Biblical Studies and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Global Leadership degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.