About the Assessment
Modeled after clinical-grade assessments, the NeuroPerformance Assessment (NPA) is an in-app experience which uses the Versus headset to identify your mental strengths and weaknesses.
Based on the results of your NPA, the app will automatically assign you the most appropriate performance protocol, which determines the goal of your Versus exercises. Once you've exercised for a designated amount of time on your assigned performance protocol, you can complete another NPA to measure your progress.
The NPA is included with the Versus User Subscription. Additional assessments can be purchased separately from the subscription.
The NPA, which lasts between 14 and 22 minutes, consists of two tasks.
Once both tasks are completed, you can access the Versus exercises.
The eyes-closed task, which lasts between 2 and 10 minutes, is used to get a baseline reading for your brain activity. You will be asked to relax and remain calm to see what your brain looks like when nothing is being demanded of it.
Continuous Performance Task
The 12 minute Continuous Performance Task (CPT) is used to determine how your brain functions over an extended task with varying levels of difficulty. You will be asked to tap on specific targets and to avoid tapping on non-targets.
Your response time is an indication of how quickly you tapped the screen on targets in the CPT.
Omission errors are the failure to tap on targets and commission errors are tapping on non-targets.
The interpretation offers a detailed explanation of your NPA results and how to act on them.
The Science Behind the NPA
The Versus NeuroPerformance Assessment is the result of decades of clinical experience and years of research. In a facility in Los Angeles, CA in 2008, our co-founder, Dr. Leslie Sherlin, was using traditional electroencephalograph (EEG) equipment to facilitate the performance of some of the world’s leading professional athletes. However, he soon realized that several barriers - travel, cost, and time - were preventing his clients from experiencing the full therapeutic effects of his interventions.
To address this issue, our team of experts in neurofeedback and psychology recorded 19-channel quantitative EEGs (qEEGs) on more than 1,300 elite performers, including world-class athletes (~95%) and top executives from Fortune 500 companies (~5%). These qEEGs consisted of an eyes-closed baseline task and a standardized continuous performance task (CPT). After we applied the exclusion criteria of existing significant Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), known medication, and missing demographic data, our final database included 1,100 qEEGs.
Based on our analysis of these qEEGS and well-accepted scientific principles of EEG and neuropsychology, we created six constructs to quantify brain performance during the NPA. Subsequently, we used this information to design numerous performance protocols. To refine these protocols, we tested them on our elite client base using traditional EEG equipment. We incorporated the fourteen performance protocols that yielded the best results in these tests directly into the Versus system.
Ultimately, we developed an end-to-end system that includes an assessment of key EEG and behavioral metrics, followed by a tailored protocol selection algorithm that can be delivered to users wherever they are.