Data / experience for Halo + language learning

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    Alex Cates

    Hi Ben,

    I will let any users chime in if they have seen any results, but, unfortunately, I would not expect it. 

    You do bring up a good point that speaking does involve a lot of muscle skills and is as much a motor skill as a cognitive one.  That said, Halo Sport still does not target the areas involved with speech (such as the muscles associated with the lips, tongue, or vocal cords).  While these areas lie on the motor cortex, they are lower, below where our side electrodes can reach and therefore beyond where we can impact.

    Because you asked, there is one study that may apply, Branscheidt et al. 2017, which applied tDCS (the type of stimulation used by Halo Sport) to the hand region of the motor cortex (equivalent to the Hands and Fingers (R) session of Halo Sport).  They did not find a significant effect of stimulation on language learning, but the study was small and in older adults which could make significance harder to achieve.  Feel free to read for yourself, but our recommendation remains that Halo Sport does not help with language learning.

    Alex

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    Ben Suppe

    Thanks Alex, appreciate the reply! I'm not especially surprised, but I thought it was at least worth asking.

    For me personally language learning motor skills would be an extremely compelling use case - although it may still end up being cost-effective even as a training aid for skills practice sessions in mountain biking and snowboarding.

    I'll take a look at the paper.

    If any other users have experience with Halo + language motor skills, pls. weigh in!

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