How Measuring Brain Function Leads to Performance Upgrades – David Oakley, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey – #867

Learn what’s new in physics, neuroscience, brain data, scientific inquiry and what’s exciting about the future of brain performance research.


I talked to the co-founder of WAVi at the 7th Annual Biohacking Conference in Orlando, Florida. Physicist David Oakley created a device that’s used to directly measure brain function and gives you a 360-degree assessment of your brain performance.

WAVi is an all-in-one measurement platform. Users get objective information about brain function through EEG, visual ERP, auditory ERP, heart rate variability (HRV), Trail Making, standard assessments and more. This full FDA-regulated Class II device measures biomarkers of your brain with detail and precision in under 15 minutes.

“People measure their weight every day, right?” David says. “Step on the scale, “Where am I at today?” So, we should be measuring our brains regularly. Someday there will be WAVi in doctors’ offices and you’ll check your brain like you check your weight.”

For an introduction to WAVi, listen to Bulletproof Radio episode #619: Your Brain Voltage: Measure It, Raise It, Control It.

In this interview, David and I go really deep into the science behind WAVi’s development. We get into physics, neuroscience, brain data, scientific inquiry and what’s exciting about the future of brain performance research.

David comes from a long family line of inventors and creators. His own career as a physicist includes research and teaching at universities. He was also a researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and has analyzed data within neutrino astrophysics, a branch of astronomy that observes astronomical objects with neutrino detectors in special observatories.

He has published research and articles in the areas of physics, medicine, and art. At mid-life he turned to brain data and created WAVi: a mix of art, science, commerce, and public service.

He made the move to study the brain when he met a fellow scientist David Joffee. “He started showing all the [brain] patterns, and I thought, “This is beautiful,” David says. “It’s beautiful waves. You can do a lot with it. You can help people. It’s about the same as physics, though. It’s the same, just voltage versus time series data.”

David’s now exploring multiple brain topics, including concussions, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and mental health.

You’ll also find out why P300 continues to be an important signature of cognitive processes. It’s a 300 millisecond time frame that measures brain activity. This includes attention, working memory and dysfunction in neurologic and mental disorders. Ongoing research sees it as a potential genetic marker of mental disorders.

“As you age this performance drops and the speed drops,” David explains.

And then there’s voltage activity that’s happening in the brain. And if you can assess and measure what’s going on in your brain, you can do something about it.

So, this is a really big thing. And I want you guys to think about this. Right now you might be saying, “I’m not a brain scientist, I’m just listening to this.” But there’s, how fast does the brain respond? And how strongly does the brain respond? Because those are different things. And the reason my brain does what it does, I would say is clearly nutrition and mitochondrial enhancement and supplements and all that kind of stuff.

It’s a fascinating time to be upgrading your brain!

“So, 10 years from now, the happy path is that with the brain scan, the artificial intelligence will know you and know what you need to optimize your brain,” David says. “There won’t be a question of, in the ideal world, it’s not a question of your brain is slowing down. It will know you on day one and say, “This is what you need to do. As long as you stay with this program, you’re going to have an optimized brain. It’s not going to slow.” That’s my 10-year future.”

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How Measuring Brain Function Leads to Performance Upgrades – David Oakley, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey – #867


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