ARE THE STATE CONTROL EXERCISES IN FOCUS POCUS SAFE?
Our level of attention and relaxation varies frequently – second by second. The state control exercises in Focus Pocus allow the user to become aware of their current state, and to gain a certain level of control of it over time based on this feedback. The exercises are short duration, and randomly vary between Focus (attention), Relax (relaxation) and Zen (the combination of the attention and relaxation). This variety results in genuine awareness, flexibility and control, rather than just learning a response to a stimulus, making transfer of this new awareness and control easier in day-to-day activities.
It is important to note that there are no known side effects from other similar applications using EEG-based attention/relaxation training – these applications often target a single goal (e.g. “increase attention”) over an extended period of time (say, 10 minutes).
The short duration attention exercises in Focus Pocus are similar to other activities that children engage in daily (e.g. playing video games, doing homework) in the way that they increase attention, and do not place children at any risk. The variety of exercises types (i.e. Focus, Relax and Zen) ensures that children do a mix of attention focussing and relaxing when playing Focus Pocus.
The working memory and impulse control exercises passively monitor Focus in the background and are such are 100% safe.