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  • Beat Test Anxiety With Buzzies

    It’s time for final exams, and for college students it’s a time where performance stakes are incredibly high. Ever wonder why you can know the answers right before a test but then tank when the multiple choice questions are staring you in the face?   Our neuroscience has an elegant explanation as to why this happens; the Yerkes-Dodson Law (Diamond et al., 2007). Robert Yerkes and John Dodson quantified this in 1908 to help others visualize what too much (or not enough) stress can do to overall performance during tasks.

     Yerkes- Dodson Law

    Ideally, we want to hover right around that middle line where the amount of “stress” in our lives is mild to moderate and our performance can be at its peak. You may be asking yourself, “How does not having enough stress in your life make your performance suffer? Isn’t stress bad?” Good question, and here’s how it works.  “Good stress” is just enough to perform but when the body activates too much of it, performance suffers.  This has to do with too much sympathetic nervous system arousal which then starts to shut down the higher order thinking functions that help us plan, organize, and maintain control in favor of lower level reptilian brain stuff like reactivity, impulsivity, and reduced motor control.   Striking the balance, or what neuroscientists call homeostatis, is critical for our mental and physical well-being and optimal performance.   Want to perform well on finals?  Try Buzzies if you feel stressed when you are studying and then try them just before a test to calm your anxiety or even during tests to keep you in the zone.  Let us know how it goes on our facebook page.


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    • The TouchPoint Solution on

      Hi Diane! Yes the Buzzies work for kids with ADHD!

      1. Our users with ADHD on medication report that Buzzies help them either during homework or at night when the medication wears off. Sometimes there is a “reboud” effect of hyperactivity and/or agitation and using the Buzzies during this time for about 20 minutes seems to lessen these effects. We are collaborating with PEARSON using a state of the art ADHD testing method called Quotient to prove that Buzzies reduce hyperactivity in ADHD children and can also help others without ADHD not need to squirm or move so much so they can focus better.

      2. Sometimes ADHD medication can make it hard for users to fall asleep at night. Using Buzzies for 15 minutes before sleep seems to help the body move more towards parasympathetic activity (your rest and digest nervous system) vs. sympathetic activity (your fight, flight, or freeze (F3) system) and can faciliate faster onset of sleep. This can also work with people who in general can’t “turn their minds off” or feel to hyped up to fall asleep quickly.

      3. Many classroom interventions for ADHD simply prompt a child to focus and they have to consciously choose to focus. Then they don’ t know when their attention drifts again and in the meantime they may be squirmy or needing to move excessively. Using Buzzies during the school day could help lessen the motor activity when a child is sitting and can possibly improve focus in a passive manner so the child doesn’t have to think about something and try to shift his or her attention. The passive interference the Buzzies create is a huge advantage to other methods of ‘stop and think’ interventions- especially when we expect teachers to have to facilitate those shifts in a child. Teachers already have so much to manage that taking away something they have to do like nonverbal prompts or redirecting can really help them with classroom management.

      4. Many people with ADHD are also irritable and have a hard time not becoming emotional when upset. Buzzies can help prevent excessive emotional distress and possibly help them stop themselves before they say something hurtful or have a tantrum. If this does happen, Buzzies can help them return more quickly to a baseline of calm after the fact.

      5. Parents of kids with ADHD need Buzzies! It’s difficult to redirect, give directions that aren’t followed, and manage the behaviors. If parents are wearing Buzzies, they should be more likely to not overreact or become frustrated and can calmly help their children with everyday tasks that might be difficult.

      6. We are not claiming Buzzies are a treatment for ADHD. Comprehensive treatment can include medication, behavioral interventions, and neuromodulation. For more information, you can check out these links: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654 or http://www.isnr.org/catalog-1/if5zb3hx69/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-lists-Neurofeedback-as-Level-1-Research-Best-supported-Interventions

      Thank you!

    • Brett E Williams on

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    • Diane paquin on

      Does this work with ADHD kids with higher anixity


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