New findings on the capabilities and hidden potentials of the human brain come to light virtually every day.

Recent studies have shown that the following simple interventions can enhance one’s language and/or learning capabilities:

  • tapping to the beat of music enhances learning abilities and language skills 1
  • looking at certain light flashes enhances cognitive capabilities 2
  • spacing learning sessions improves learning and memorization 3

Insights such as these have been the driving force behind developing our technology at the end of the 1990s. Through empirical findings, we have known from early on that the brains potential for reading, learning and motor tasks is neither fixed nor predefined.

The brain has a plasticity to it, which allows it to change, develop and improve its functions.

To make use of these findings, and to wake up these, in part, dormant capabilities, we developed a non-invasive technology that focuses on improving the brain’s visual and language capabilities. 

Exposure to changing patterns of small moving lights in the field of vision while performing easy game-like tasks activate significant improvements in several functions of the brain, the most noteworthy being in the fields of language, reading and motor skills.

Although applicable to people of all ages, our technology is especially aimed at young people aged 7 and older. Why? Because this age group will benefit the most from improving their reading and learning skills in terms of reaching educational goals and bettering the quality of life. 

Notes:

1. The Ability to Move to a Beat Is Linked to the Consistency of Neural Responses to Sound. Kraus (2013) 
2. Use of Auditory and Visual Stimulation to Improve Cognitive Abilities. Olmstead (2003)
3. Spacing Learning Events Over Time: What the Research Says. Thalheimer (2006)

 

How BrightStar technology works.

 

In essence, BrightStar technology does 4 things: 

  1. It stimulates the part of the brain where the reading process is centered, using patterns of small, moving and flashing lights.
     

  2. It strengthens the neurological pathways between the left and right hemisphere of the brain, using the rhythm of the heartbeat.
     

  3. It decreases saccadic eye movement, the rapid simultaneous movement of the eyes. This enhances the ability to focus.
     

  4. It creates a visual attention shift, which increases the level of concentration and enhances eye-hand coordination.
     

 

What BrightStar technology brings.

 

  • Improved reading (fluency, word recognition, rapid naming etc.)
     
  • Increased concentration
     
  • More focus and balance in visual attention
     
  • Better eye-hand coordination 

 

Research

Several studies, carried out since 2003, provide concrete evidence that over 85% of students show improved reading fluency, levels of concentration and coordination.

For example, researchers at the University of Nottingham 1 conducted an independent research study, comparing BrightStar Reader with a control group.

This study showed a significantly stronger improvement in word recognition and naming speed was shown in the Reader group. See results below.

The institutions we work with continuously research, test and monitor our technology. Over the years, statistical results of BrightStar technology and user progress were independently audited by PriceWaterHouseCoopers 2 in 2004 and by CQM 3 in 2011.

In all cases similar results have been confirmed. In 2013, successful studies with the latest version were conducted in leading schools across Europe and India.

These studies showed an average improvement of 15% in language scores.

Research findings
 

 
One-minute reading 1

Increase in the number of words read correctly in one minute.

Rapid naming 1

Reduction in the number of seconds needed to name 40
images correctly.

Notes: 

1. An Evaluation of a Visual Biofeedback Intervention in Dyslexic Adults. Liddle, Jackson & Jackson, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham (2004)
2. Management’s Statement on the Effectiveness of Internal Control. PricewaterhouseCoopers (2004)

3. Statistical analysis of the effects of the BrightStar treatment. CQM,  Eindhoven, the Netherlands (2011)
This is the most recent independent study, in which the progress of 209 people in the Netherlands was followed and statistically validated. 

"As has been documented through extensive individual teachers' feedback, a majority of the children have demonstrated gains - in certain cases substantial - in both social and academic output. "

− Dr Abhijit Bose, School Principal - Chinmaya Vidyalaya, India

"The magnitude of the improvement observed in the study (1) is extremely large and is therefore likely to be of real clinical importance. On the timed single word-reading task, the improvement shown by the treatment group was more than twice as high than that shown by the placebo group."

− Professor Stephen Jackson, School of Psychology, Nottingham University

"The average improvement of the children in this study on at least one test was 18 months. On average the children showed an 11 month improvement in word recognition, and an improvement of 9 months on single word reading and 7 months on spelling."

− School Study, Feltham Community College, United Kingdom

"In terms of processing speed, measured by a test of the ability to rapidly name a series of pictures, our average improvement for 1051 clients is 13.5%, while short-term memory improves by 18.85%."

− Dr Stefan Bondorowicz, source: London Times, times-series.co.uk

"It improved my processing speed by 28%, and my memory by 24%"

− Duncan Goodhew, former Olympic Gold Medalist, source: London Times, times-series.co.uk