Friday, January 14, 2005

Focusing Attention with Meditation and Biofeedback - Cool Product for Home Computer

More fascinating results combining the ancient and the modern- Davidson's work studying meditating monks shows enhanced levels of brain organization and focus. What could this mean for children with attentional problems or sensory distractions? Potentially a great deal. The dilemma for many children is that have difficulty controlling their emotions and direction of focus. With biofeedback that provides a visual picture of their responses and attention, many children learn to control their alertness and focus better.

The problem has been the high cost, lack of insurance coverage, and need for periodic re-visits. But we just found out about a exciting new solution to this dilemma, though...we bought a software biofeedback product that can be used on your home computer (
Wild Divine)-it's pretty amazing...everyone in the family tried it, and as expected, we were all quite different in being able to focus, increase our level of alertness, and calm ourselves. We'll post more updates as we look into it further. It's a lot cheaper than traditional biofeedback and other home-based biofeedback programs. Better home-based neurolearning programs are long overdue. If you investigate this program, be aware that it does have 'New Age-y' motifs and graphics. It is really innovative in its approach though, and it is a great addition to the attention-biofeedback arsenal.
Meditation and fMRI


  1. Anonymous4:11 PM

    Hi, I don't really mean to be anonymous--just don't have an account yet! I have the Play Attention biofeedback system for the home and am just beginning to use it with our dd. Have you heard anything positive or negative about this system?


  2. Hi G! We looked at the Play Attention system - and apparently a CD is on the way. Some of the activities done with their system appears the same as with 'Wildly Divine' (their name, not ours!). The main advantages of WD over Play Attention is that - it's 1/10 of the price, it doesn't require staying on the telephone with someone, and it can be used by multiple people in your household. We are still exploring WD, but there are 'stacking' exercises as in other biofeedback programs, alertness exercises etc. The graphics are Myst-like and the music nice enough - although very New Age. There are 40 exercises on WD and they appear good practice for self-regulation and focus. They are not all easy!

  3. All that being said, there are some annoying things about WD. Brock (our home's best 'gamer') is marching through the program to open up the exercises for the kids - but the process is very slow (maybe deliberate?) - whereby you have to sit and watch figures dance for a while, etc., and there is 'game play' looking for clues and doing certain activities in order. He feels some of that time is just waste. Still when you consider that Play Attention has I think 5 games, and WD 40, even if you don't find them all, there's plenty for a child to work on.

  4. Anonymous12:53 PM

    Hello, I am the nother of a 61/2 year old girl with adhd. i want to get a home unit but am completely unable to find any comparison on products. there is a biodfeedback center in dallas where we can get a brainmaster unit and there is play attention. as w/ the previous post - how can i compare, do you have any info or suggestions. thanks!!!!!!!! cheryl coon

  5. Don't have any additional specific information we can add. We have not officially demo'ed Play Attention, and we reviewed Wild Divine above. There are reviews on Wild Divine at and Wired as well.