Chapter 2

Falling Into a Pool of Alpha

'. . . strike that thick cloud of unknowing with a sharp dart of longing love: and you are not to retreat no matter what comes to pass.'

Progoff

It was in the summer when I rode my motorcycle out to San Francisco from Pittsburgh, PA. Although I had spent two summers in a row there, this time, I had a special agenda: visit Dr. Joe Kamiya. I had met Dr. Joe Kamiya on my campus at Carnegie Mellon University, where I was a Physics undergraduate student. One afternoon as I left the student union, a big colorful sign drew my attention where every letter was a different color. It proclaimed to the student body that Dr. Joe Kamiya was talking on brain waves and consciousness in just ten minutes at a nearby building. I went over with some interest to check it out.

Dr. Kamiya was in town to visit a woman who was a painting and design instructor at Carnegie-Mellon, and her students were responsible for the colorful sign that had caught my attention. They had been placed all around the campus in the hopes of attracting an audience for Joe’s talk. Her students were there, but very few other people showed up. Unfortunately, those fine arts students didn’t really understand what Joe was talking about. At the end of the talk, they were asking questions about Alpha rays, so they had not understood that Joe was talking about Alpha waves.

After the talk, I waited past the initial crush of students that had gathered around Joe. When I had his attention, I told him I was in the habit of coming to San Francisco every summer, and I asked him if I could come and see him at his lab. He said, ‘Oh, sure, please come.’

 

About Alpha waves:

Kamiya had discovered in 1962 that brain waves were voluntarily controllable. In his early research days, he would recruit volunteers he would wire up with electrodes and have them lie on the couch and try to take a nap. He would sit there and watch the EEG polygraph tracings and notice the alpha bursts coming and going. He noticed that if he would comment, ‘Well, there’s an alpha wave!’ it seemed that more of them would start to show up. He then took to ringing a bell when an Alpha wave happened, which seemed to cause more alpha to happen. This was the crude and accidental beginning of brain wave neurofeedback training.

Later Joe automated the process, making the feedback more immediate and accurate. Conventional wisdom in medicine, physiology, and neurology was that all brain waves were autonomic functions incapable of voluntary control. So this idea that feedback could increase the abundance of alpha waves was totally radical. It completely upset revered and conventional wisdom in those disciplines.

A lot of the initial excitement about brain waves came about because Joe loved to talk about the work. This discovery was picked up by the news media and was covered in major magazines in 1963-64. There was even a bit of media frenzy with starry-eyed reporters enthusing about ‘electronic Zen.’

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One of the tests trainees participate in during training. The scale can yield measures of different moods that the trainee might not be aware of.

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Close review with Trainer of the trainees recorded brainwaves.

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Hemi Coherence is the review of how coherent, balanced and integrated the different parts of the brain are.

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Hemi Coherence is the review of how coherent, balanced and integrated the different parts of the brain are.

Channels Provided in Theta

These are the channels that are progressively added and monitored throughout your selected training program.

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These are the channels that are progressively added and monitored throughout your selected training program.

Channels of EEG Information

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that detects electrical activity in your brain using small, metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp. Your brain cells communicate via electrical impulses and are active all the time, even when you’re asleep. This activity shows up as wavy lines on an EEG recording.

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