What is Versus?
Versus is a wellness device that detects the electrical patterns of the user’s brain (EEG) and allows users to impact brain performance like never before. The Versus system includes a state-of-the-art 5 channel wireless EEG headset that connects to the Versus mobile iOS app via bluetooth. The headset has comfortable dry sensors, which enables quality exercise through an easy self-service experience.
Within the mobile app, both assessment and exercises are available to help users develop the ability to focus on demand or stay more calm with less effort. Better brain control can improve many things, including sleep patterns, problem-solving abilities, concentration, decision making, resource management and mental acuity. Use the Versus for your personal brain wellness or add the Versus system to your services to start measurably impacting the mental side of your clients’ overall performance.
How does Versus Work?
The Versus exercises are comprised of games that use your EEG recordings in real time to help you identify and practice brain states that promote increased focus and better stress management.
For example, if you’re doing the focus exercises, you'll be successful in the Versus games when you produce less slow brain activity and more fast brain activity (like Beta), which indicates better concentration. That is, every time your brain produces this more focused brain state, you'll be successful in the game, i.e., your race car will drive faster and you'll get more points. Your brain likes this reward, and will learn to re-produce this brain state, for two reasons:
- You will learn what it feels like to produce it, and
- The more the brain practices a certain kind of behavior, the stronger that behavior becomes - just like going to the gym to train your muscles.
Are there side effects from Versus Exercises?
Generally no, we do not have many users reporting negative effects from using Versus.
Initially, some users may experience slight headaches due to the fit of the headset. New headsets can be a little stiff, like a new baseball glove. We recommend stretching the headset gently by pulling up on the "x-frame" that holds each sensor and stretching the ear phones apart. Over time, much like adjusting to a new pair of shoes, your headset will "break in" and you'll adapt to the headset for the duration of your Versus sessions.
Some people may experience some side effects to exercising, such as headaches or trouble sleeping. This can be similar to how muscles may hurt a bit after starting a new workout regimen. If these symptoms persist for longer than a week, it may be a signal that a protocol is not right for you. Please report any negative experience to your health care provider and to the Versus team (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we will check in with you to evaluate how your exercising is progressing.
Are there any risks?
There are no known permanent risks or injuries resulting from the Versus exercises. However, the Versus app may not be right for everyone. For example, if you can teach yourself to focus better, you can also teach yourself to focus less! Sometimes, people don’t derive the benefits from Versus that they’re hoping for, regardless of how consistent they do the exercises. This is why it’s important to keep track of how exercising is going, to make sure that yours is headed in the right direction. Our feedback platform will allow you to keep us and yourself aware of how your exercising is progressing.
Will this make me smarter?
Much like learning the piano, you may not become 'smarter' but you may see your daily tasks become more manageable or an elevated state of calm throughout the day.
What will I gain from Versus Exercises?
There are different brain functions that you may be able to strengthen with Versus. Through our Versus Headset and App, you can focus on reducing your response to stressful events, reducing your general stress level, increasing your focus, decreasing your impulsivity, or increasing your brain’s steadiness under different circumstances. Your individualized plan is determined by your NeuroPerformance Assessment results.
What is happening to my brain?
There is a saying in neuroscience: “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” What does that mean? The more the brain practices doing something specific, the stronger it becomes at doing it over and over again. That means certain circuits in your brain get stronger the more they are used. So, for example, if you’re using Versus to increase your relaxation while decreasing your reaction to stress, those functions in the brain grow stronger and more likely to be active over time.
How do we know it works?
Decades of peer-reviewed scientific research has been published in the fields of electroencephalography (EEG) and Neurofeedback, which are the basis for the Versus System. Although Versus is not a medical device and therefore does not claim to do Neurofeedback, many of the principles from the scientific literature have been implemented in the Versus system. There is considerable evidence to suggest that Neurofeedback training can improve function and performance in various realms. In fact, Neurofeedback has been declared as a Best Practice for increasing attention for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder by the American Academy of Pediatrics.