The science behind the magic

At BrainsFirst we are continually working to translate the knowledge and insights from neuroscience research into practice. The flagship product of BrainsFirst, the NeurOlympics, is an excellent example of this. In addition, we are also every day active with, and involved in, several studies in which state of the art investigation techniques are used such as EEG and FMRI under the watchful eye of colleague Dr. Ilja Sligte & Drs. Andries van der Leij. Below you’ll see a small selection from the studies of last calendar year and a sneak preview of the studies for the coming year.

EEG: NeurOlympics Brainwaves
How does the brain react to our games. A fairly simple way to measure this is by using EEG (electro-electroencephalography). Last year, we measured with the help of electrodes on the scalp which areas of the brain (and to what extent) become active/inactive during the NeurOlympics brain-games.

fMRI: A glimpse into the brains of a top athleteHow differs the working memory activity in the brain of an elite athlete compared to that of an amateur? With a FMRI scan (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) a 3D representation of the brain is made, on which you can see which areas of the brain are active during the scan. The gif file above is not really a video, but a slide show of several layers in the brain in succession.

Predict team performance based on brain configuration
In collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, we have been able to predict whether the performance of a team can be predicted on the basis of cognitive skills. Puzzling, shopping and individual brain-gaming resulted in amazing results. Lift a tip of the veil?

Sneak Peak for 2019

The quest for the hockey brain
End 2018 and the beginning of 2019 are all about the top hockey brains.
As we also collaborated with AZ to identify the football brains, colleagues Elin van Erk and Nienke Visser will study the brains of 400 hockeyers (+/-200 professionals and +/-200 subtop Press) with the NeurOlympics to find out which brain skills are essential for top-level hockey.

Burnout in the brain
In collaboration with the various government and educational institutions, BrainsFirst is going to work in 2019 to complete a model that allows us to recognize and possibly prevent burnout at an early stage. Read our blog post about burnout here.

A company that wants to participate in a study?
Got interesting and entertaining ideas for research or would you like to participate in one of the development projects we already started? Curious about the possibilities of our brain-based assessment games in your quest for the ideal employee (s)? Please contact us at: mike@brainsfirst.com.