- What is Hit The Gold?
Simply said “Hit The Gold” is an archery simulation game that is controlled by brainwave activity. While aiming at the target the algorithm determines the score based on your current state of mind, i.e. your brainwave frequencies. For optimal brainwaves you will be rewarded with 10 points. If there are some distraction brainwave frequencies the score goes down. This concept of neurofeedback lets you train your brain to reach the optimal state of mind easier and thus helping you improving your mental readiness, your mental game. With time and consistent practice you will be able to focus better and also to calm your mind. This state of mind is similar in different sports and is often referred to as the “zone”.
- How can Hit The Gold improve my performance?
With Hit The Gold user can learn how to influence each brainwave in charge of good execution in archery. With different easy to use exercices user can improve his/hers mental performance before and during the shot cycle. Every arrow released is recorded so user can track and analyze his/hers progress. The record mode allows user to implement new mental routines in real life shooting.
- Who is behind Hit The Gold?
The team behind Hit The Gold is Core Interface a young company selected as world’s Top 20 Neuroscience startup Neurolaunch 2015 and Hype‘s Top 50 sport innovation companies 2016. Core Interface is a creative and exciting fusion of two medical doctors dr. Natko Beck and dr Raphael Béné, computer science engineer Ivan Fabek and Marin Mindoljević, basketball coach and former pro player. To create Hit The Gold, Core Interface teamed up with best Croatian archers Mario Vavro and Domagoj Buden with the help of Croatian national team coaches Lana Koller and Dubravko Buden.
- What do I get by buying Hit The Gold?
By buying Hit The Gold you will receive Hit The Gold software Compound or Recurve.
Hardware is not included!
- How do I measure my progress?
In first improve session user can measure his Alpha state in real time and with different breathing techniques user can learn how to raise Alpha waves dynamics. In aiming practice user can learn how to reach the “zone” and stay there. Every arrow is recorded so the user can always find his shot in Log book and see what he needs to improve to get better.
- What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity—most commonly EEG, to teach self-regulation of brain function.The main advantages are its long term safety and long term stability. During a neurofeedback session, the user observes his brain activity from moment to moment in a form of a graph or video game where the user is rewarded for changing its own brain activity to more appropriate patterns. The mechanism underlying neurofeedback is operant conditioning. This is a gradual learning process. Operant conditioning deals with the modification of voluntary behavior where a new behavior is learned and maintained through a desirable consequence or reward that increases the chances of the target behavior reoccurring.
- Is there any potential harm?
There is no exchange of energy from the headset to your body. The sensor in the band picks up the electrical impulses your brain emits and send this information to the computer. The change in brain activity is induced by yourself, or better said by the brain itself. This makes neurofeedback safe and stable on long terms. The one side-effect reported is a slight to moderate headache, that can be originating from both prolonged screen time and increased brain activity alike. The brainwaves used in the algorithm can do you no harm, on the contrary, this pattern makes you calmer, with better reaction times, less stressed and also aids to your daily mental hygiene and stress management. Your task-related focus is also increased, making it all in all a safe and useful mind training tool, not only from archer’s point of view.
- Has neurofeedback shown results in archery performance?
Yes, neurofeedback has shown the potential for improving performance in archery. It can also be used to improve concentration and focus, cognitive function and emotional control.
See scientific literature for more information:
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