Can Neuroscience improve your chops?

Neuroscience is the branch of science that studies neural (brain) activity.
Neural activity is responsible for intelligence, thinking, movement and coordination.. and for musicians, it is responsible for both the learning of new things and the way your body is able to play (via your instruments) the musical ideas your brain comes up with.

The progress of neuroscience (better understanding of how a human brain works) goes parallel with the progress of Artificial Intelligence, and these two disciplines are shaping the near future of humanity in the coming years.

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The more neuronal technologies make progress, the more these skillsets shift from the medical environment (where they are used to treat diseases or to alleviate pain) to the performance improvement of perfectly healthy people. 

Why?

Because treating diseases is only one part of the business. Improving the performance of healthy people can make your solution viable for tens of millions of healthy, wealthy normal individuals who race every day for better results, better focus, better music chops and ultimately … better life.

Enter Halo Neuroscience

halo sport headset

Halo Sport  is one example of the first breed of affordable personal improvement devices based on neuroscience and created for the consumer market.

In a nutshell, Halo is a transcranial electrical stimulator that will help your brain achieve “hyper plasticity”, a faster creation of neural connections that power muscle memory, strength and reactiveness. A process Halo calls “Neuropriming”: 

Halo Sport is designed to make your training or practice more efficient by improving your brain’s natural plasticity. By applying a mild electric field to the motor cortex, Halo’s Neuropriming technology induces a state of “hyperplasticity.” When you train in a hyperplastic state, the brain’s normal fine-tuning process occurs more rapidly — meaning better results from each practice rep.

Neuropriming is the process of using electrical stimulation (such as transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS) to increase plasticity in the brain prior to an activity. This process decreases the amount of input required for neurons to fire, and helps neurons fire together, enabling more rapid strengthening of connections in the brain. When paired with quality training, this results in increased strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory.

Halo Sport is primarily targeted for athletes, and they feature quite an impressive list of them in their Testimonials page.

Yet, the exact same neural process that make athletes improve also work for muscle memory and technical musical chops. 

Basically, the more you practice, the more your synaptic connections are reinforced, the more your muscle memory improves, the more you are comfortable playing a difficult part at increasing speeds.
That’s basically what exercise is for.

What if you could rapidly improve your chops by wearing one of these devices 20 minutes per day?

Somebody tried this. Have a look:

What if one of these devices could really make a difference? Would they be worth the $749 price?

Let me know your impressions, and if you already tried the method, let me know if it worked!

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