Brain Computer Interface

Eastside Family Health Center -  - Internal Medicine

Eastside Family Health Center

Internal Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Kirkland, WA

Brain computer interface technology enables you to communicate your thoughts to a computer system and directs specialized brain training. Frank Marinkovich, MD, and his team at Eastside Family Health Center in Kirkland, Washington, designed an advanced brain training program that helps you retrain your brain for optimal function and address a wide range of cognitive problems, from migraines and brain injuries to depression and anxiety. To find out how a brain-computer interface could help you, call Eastside Family Health Center today or book an appointment online.

Brain Computer Interface Q&A

What is a brain-computer interface?

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A brain-computer interface system allows you to interact directly with a computer or other device using brain activity. The interface analyzes your brain signals and converts them in a way that positively affects brain function.

Eastside Family Health Center uses a brain-computer interface to provide patients with brain training using neuroplasticity — your brain's ability to adapt, store memories, learn new skills, and heal from cognitive impairments.

What is brain training?

Brain training teaches your brain appropriate patterns to help it work more efficiently using the brain-computer interface. It involves self-regulation training that allows your central nervous system (spinal cord and brain) to function better by promoting helpful frequencies and diminishing harmful ones.

As you age, your brain finds it increasingly difficult to regulate itself because its feedback mechanisms don't work so well. As a result, your brain loses its ability to self-regulate. This can also result from trauma.

Brain training focuses on enabling your brain to regulate itself by applying feedback received through the brain-computer interface electroencephalogram (EEG) directly to your brain. 

Every time your brain produces the right brain waves, the system rewards it with aural or visual incentives, such as making a ding sound or brightening the screen. 

Eventually, your brain learns how to control processes like these without needing supervision.

What problems can a brain-computer interface help with?

Brain training using a brain-computer interface offers numerous benefits. It enhances memory and focus, helps you with decision-making, and increases mental clarity. Conditions that may benefit from brain training include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Migraines
  • Memory loss
  • Sleep disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Balance disorders
  • Cognitive decline

Brain training with Eastside Family Health Center's brain-computer interface is entirely noninvasive with minimal risk of side effects.

What happens when I use a brain-computer interface?

The brain-computer interface has painless electrodes that Dr. Marinkovich attaches to your head to monitor brain activity. The electrodes have sensors that measure your brain waves as you watch a video or play a game that requires a cognitive response.

The computer extracts vital information from the sensors about your brain wave frequencies that helps the brain-computer interface target specific areas in your brain. You repeat this process to retrain your brain, making it more productive and regulated.

Dr. Marinkovich and his team understand how the ability to reroute thought patterns, improve cognitive weaknesses, and break emotional habits can change people's lives. That's why they designed their leading-edge brain training program using a state-of-the-art brain-computer interface.

Find out how you can harness your brain's potential for change with brain training by calling Eastside Family Health Center today or booking an appointment online.