I am Dr. Andrew Hill, a UCLA-trained cognitive neuroscientist that is designing the future of sustainable brain fuel - AMA!
I am Andrew Hill. I received my Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA, focusing on lateralized attention in the hemispheres and EEG and Neurofeedback techniques.
My current focus is on developing tools and technologies to enhance cognitive performance. I work with truBrain, an LA-based neurotech brain fitness startup. I serve as their lead neuroscientist, helping formulate their nootropic blends designed to enhance various aspects of cognition, including focus, attention, and wakefulness.
I'm also a founding director of Alternatives Behavioral Health, which includes the Alternatives Brain Institute, providing clinical QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback services, mindfulness training, and a non 12-step substance abuse program.
I'm working with truBrain to examine the QEEG effects of nootropics and other cognitive enhancers. Nootropics are compounds intended to improve one or more aspects of cognition, or to provide neuro-protective effects. A strict definition of nootropics would also include few to no side effects - truBrain will be including caffeine in future products, which I would instead classify as a cognitive "enhancer."
QEEG is a band analysis of EEG power, often compared against a reference database to identify statistical outliers related to performance. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback used train EEG patterns to improve attention or other aspects of brain regulation, including sleep, stress, and mood. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that emphasizes paying attention in the present moment, and works to strengthen control of attention.
From assessment and training technology, to nootropics and other nutrition approaches, to behavior hacks and routines designed to improve performance, to new ways of thinking about ancient brain building exercises, I am working to bring people the tools to take control of their brains.
I’ve also discussed my work on a podcast with Dr. Drew Pinsky which will be airing in the near future!
Ask me anything!
Also a plug: Just two hours ago, truBrain launched the Indiegogo campaign for our new ThinkDrinks! Check it out here
Thanks - I'm closing this AMA now; I could answer your great questions all day long for weeks, but need to put a limit on the AMA.
If you have questions on our nootropics please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected] (that gets to /u/truBrainChris, Garret, and myself, plus a few other people). If you want to know more about QEEG and neurofedback, or meditation, contact me via Alternatives.
I also tend to hang out on the freenode IRC Channels ##Neurofeedback and #reddit-nootropics