NPA, Plans, and Protocols

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2018 04:27PM UTC

Do I need to do the NeuroPerformance Assessment?

Yes. Every user is required to complete the NeuroPerformance Assessment (NPA). This assessment is what automatically assigns the performance protocol to each user's Versus account. You will be eligible to take the NPA again after 23 sessions, or about 8 hours. You are not required to retake the NPA, unless you'd like to access a new performance protocol. 


What is an Exercise Plan? 

Each user is assigned an exercise plan, sometimes called a performance plan. An exercise plan defines the performance protocol, daily session time and the plan duration (the required number of sessions before the user is eligible to retake the NPA). 


How long is a Versus session?

Each day, the Versus app guides users through a 20 minute session. Currently, this includes 4 games (NeuroBalloon, NeuroGlider, NeuroRacer, and NeuroGolf) that are each 5 minutes. Users can get additional practice with warm-ups (Airflow and Lightbulb) accessible in the menu if desired.
 

Why only 20 minutes?

Twenty minutes over three days seems to be the right balance for users between getting enough exercise in and not feeling burdened by the exercise time. There is the possibility of doing the exercises too much, so we wanted to limit it to a number that wouldn’t have unintended consequences even if someone chose to do it 7 days a week.
 

How long is a plan duration?

The standard plan duration is set to 23 sessions, about eight hours. In our work with high performing athletes, we've seen measurable and subjectively reported improvements with our exercise protocols implemented via traditional EEG equipment with as little as an hour a week over about 8 weeks. It should be noted that this is likely the low threshold for benefits to be seen, many users may require additional time. 

 

How many plans can I do?

Each user is assigned one exercise plan at a time. This happens following the NPA. A Versus user with an active subscription may repeat this cycle of NPA, exercise plan (8 hours), NPA as long as they have an active subscription.