You can’t improve what you can’t measure.

Do you want to discover your amazing neurological design?

Do you want to optimize your brain performance?

Would you like to reduce your risk for error?

Do you want to increase the ease, speed and flexibility with which you learn, think and process information?

 

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Neuro-link’s purpose is to develop people. You cannot improve what you cannot measure. Our cutting edge, neuro-agility assessments measure the ease, speed and flexibility with which people think, learn and process information and offers suggestions and solutions to improve their performance.  All people have potential, but different kinds of potential, depending on their neurological design. Much as the acorn holds the potential for becoming a majestic oak tree, we believe every human being’s unique potential dictates that they can become a giant in their own respect. The point of departure for discovering the giant within starts with accurately identifying and understanding your unique neurological design that determines your unique learning potential.

Your agility to relearn, unlearn, multi-skill and think fast and easy and have the mental flexibility to adapt and adjust to disruptive change fast, will be one of the most sustainable ingredients needed in the future, to not only survive, but also thrive.

NEURO AGILITY PROFILE™ (NAP™)

 

Neuro-agility is the ability to think, learn and process information with ease, speed and flexibility.

The Neuro Agility Profile™ is a registered neuroscience innovation to measure the brain-based elements that impact the ease, speed and flexibility with which people learn, think and process information.

Brain profile is the user friendly name for Neuro-Link’s Neuro-Agility Profile™, abbreviated as the NAP™, which is a brain analysis report illustrating various neurophysiological components of your neuro-design  and drivers that optimize your brain performance. This multi-dimensional neuroscience assessment is the foundation of our work. At Neuro-Link we develop people, but believe: “You can’t improve what you can’t measure.”

The NAP™ was developed by Dr. André Vermeulen, founder, owner and CEO of Neuro-Link. It is a continuous work in progress that started in 1995 and has evolved as business needs has evolved. As we specialize in the neuroscience of learning, the NAP™ was born and is grounded in applied neuroscience. It is not just another instrument with a neuroscience flavor added to it. The profile report is a predictive analysis of people’s neuro-agility and serves as a framework for professionals in talent development and performance improvement to identify potential, develop talent, improve engagement, promote brain health, minimize risk for human error and improve happiness.

Neurological Design

The first dimension of neuro-agility that provides people with the flexibility to process information easy and fast consist of 7 neurophysiological components of their  neurological design. These components are relative lateral dominance, expressive – receptive preference, 4 quadrant preferences, rational- emotional preference, information processing style, sensory preferences and intelligence preferences. An integrated, holistic approach should be followed to understand how these various components influence potential, how people think, how they learn and who they are.We refer to it as neuro-design.

Neuro-Link’s NAP™ brain profile assessments provide validated and highly reliable information which can help companies align people with their job functions, develop their talent and improve performance. It provides valuable information about people’s neurological design and the drivers that optimize their mental performance. Anyone responsible for identifying and, developing talent, employee well-being, employee engagement and improving performance of others should strengthen their understanding of the neurophysiological components that impact how people learn, think and process information as it provides a framework for understanding people’s learning potential, preferences and how to optimize their mental performance.

Alignment between people’s neurological design and what they do, explain why people are passionate about their job, enjoy work, energized, engaged, happy and in flow. Our NAP™assessments provide essential information to companies who are interested in developing agile people, teams and organizations.  It also has numerous applications for relationships, teamwork, stress & fatigue management, whole brain communication, emotional intelligence, leadership development, employee engagement, workplace happiness and brain health.

Our brain profiles help individuals become more self-and socially aware, understanding themselves and others better; making informed decisions about optimizing their brain performance, developing themselves and becoming the best they can be.

Neuro-Link’s NAP™ brain profile assessments are great tools for students, parents, teachers and lecturers to understand the potential and know what opportunities they can create to increase the ease, speed and flexibility with which their learners learn, think and process information.

Click here to watch a video about your amazing neurological design.

More about neurological dominance.

Infographic about neurological dominance.

Drivers That Optimize Brain Performance

The second dimension of neuro-agility consist of drivers that optimize people’s overall brain fitness.

Your brain has the potential to help you do whatever thinking, learning or processing function life requires of you. It has unlimited potential in terms of what you can learn, think and create. Sometimes a person may not appear to act like someone with unlimited potential, because there may be an absence or lack of drivers that optimize their performance. To optimize your brain performance and enable all hemispheres, lobes and brain regions to function simultaneously as one functional whole brained system, you need to provide it with the right fuel, physical and mental stimulation and create the right conditions to thrive.

There are eight drivers like brain fitness, sleep, stress, diet, mindset, movement, cognitive skills and the physical environment that can negatively, or positively, influence your brain’s performance. In order to get the most out of your whole brain, it is essential that you know how these drivers influence your neurological design and learn appropriate skills to optimize these drivers.

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More about drivers that optimize brain performance.

Infographic about drivers that optimize performance.

Blog article about the factors that impact ease and speed of electro-chemical transmission

FEATURES OF OUR NAP™ ASSESSMENTS

Neuro-Link’s brain profile assessments have the following features:

1. Content:

  • Illustrates 6 drivers that optimize brain performance
  • Illustrates 7 components of neuro-design
  • Report consisting of 13 neuro-agility elements
  • Summary of 13 neuro-agility elements
  • 29 page report

2. Online:

  • Questionnaire – 180 easy questions (takes 40 minutes to complete)
  • Report consisting of 13 neuro-agility elements
  • Automized debriefing videos
  • Post-evaluation

3. Group report for companies and teams about the group and individual design.

4. Translated into various versions of English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Arabic and Russian.

PURPOSE OF NAP™ ASSESSMENTS

The purpose of our brain profile assessments are to help people optimize the ease, speed and flexibility with which they think, learn and process information. It helps you to identify your unique potential, understand yourself and others better, manage yourself more effectively, discover how uniquely you process information, identify which strengths and preferences you have when learning and thinking and it also indicates areas for further development.

Our brain profile assessments are not intended to label people or disqualify them in any way. It is intended to be a constructive development tool to discover potential, develop your talent, optimize your performance and reduce risk for error.

VARIOUS NAP™ ASSESSMENTS

Assessmentsare done for adults, managers & teams in businesses. There are different Neuro Agility Profiles™ :

NAP™ Advanced+ (adults)

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The Neuro-Agility Profile™ Advanced+, abbreviated as the NAP™ Advanced+ is Neuro-Link’s flagship and most comprehensive brain profile assessment for adults, managers and leaders. It provides feedback on factors that will determine how easy and fast, or difficult and slow they may learn, think and process information.

The 29 page profile report illustrates 7 factors that determine their neurological design and 6 drivers that influence brain performance. It also provides a summary of these 13 elements of neuro-agility, automated debriefing videos and a post evaluation, after the initial assessment.

Do NAP™ Advanced + brain profile assessment online now.

NAP™ Drivers (adults)

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The Neuro-Agility Profile™  Drivers that Optimize Brain Performance, abbreviated as the NAP™ Drivers, is a very specific brain profile assessment for adults, managers and leaders. It provides them with feedback on the drivers that will impact their brain health, performance and mental wellness.

The  9 page report illustrates 6 drivers that influence brain performance, suggestions to improve and also provides a dashboard of the drivers to summarize the person’s general state  of brain health and brain performance. It also has automated debriefing videos and a post evaluation after the initial assessment.

 

 

NAP™ NeuroDesign (adults)

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The Neuro-Agility Profile™ Neurological Design, abbreviated as the NAP™ NeuroDesign is a brain profile assessment for adults, managers and leaders. It provides feedback on neurophysiological aspects that determines how they think, learn, process information and are talented

This 17 page brain profile assessment illustrates 7 neurophysiological components of their neurological design. It is a valuable tool for talent selection, talent management, minimizing risk for human error, to understand people’s unique potential and talent and align who people are with what they do (career and job functions).

 

Assessments are also done for students and children from the age of 6 years and up. There are different Neuro AgilityProfiles™ :

NAP™ Student Performer (ages 16+)

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The Neuro-Agility Profile™ Student Performer, abbreviated as the NAP™ Student Performer is Neuro-Link’s flagship brain profile assessment for any adult college or university student who is still studying further. It provides them with feedback on 13 elements of neuro-agility that will determine how easy or difficult they may learn, think and process information

The NAP™ Student Performer is a comprehensive, 29 page brain profile assessment that illustrates 7 factors that determine their neurological design and 6 drivers that influence brain performance. It also provides a summery of these 13 elements of neuro-agility, and a post evaluation.

 

 

 

Do NAP™ Student Performer brain profile assessment online now.

NAP™ Toolbox (ages 10-16)

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The Neuro-Agility Profile™ Toolbox, abbreviated as the NAP™ Toolbox is Neuro-Link’s flagship brain profile assessment for children (ages 10-16), who are still at school or studying further. It provides them with feedback on 13 elements of neuro-agility that will determine how easy or difficult they may learn, think and process information.

The Toolbox report illustrates 7 factors that determine their neurological design and 6 drivers that influence their brain performance.It is a valuable instrument for students to improve their learning results, accelerate learning, increase ease with learning and serves as a great point of departure to make informed subject and career choices. This 29 page brain profile assessment can be done online or as a personal debriefing.

 

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LRP™ Toolkid (Children 6-10)

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This assessment must be administered by a Certified Neuro-Link practitioner on a one-to-one basis after which the practitioner will debrief parents on the learning readiness of the child and provide them with a report.

Neuro-Link’s Learning Readiness Profile™ Toolkid, is for children ages 6-10 to determine how ready they are for formal learning.

The Learning Readiness Profile™, abbreviated as the LRP™– Toolkid is a brain profile assessment to determine the neurological design and learning readiness of a child (age 6-10), discovering how uniquely they process information, in which mode they prefer to learn, their emotional readiness for learning and it also indicates areas for further development.

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS ASSESSMENT IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION !

OPTIONS FOR DOING BRAIN PROFILE ASSESSMENTS

Debriefings of our brain profile assessments can be done as a face to face coaching session, for adults and children. We highly recommend that profiles be done one on one for children between the ages of 6 to 16 to ensure accuracy. Click on the appropriate brain profile assessment you would like to do and book a one on one brain profile assessment with a qualified Neuro-Link practitioner. Completing the assessment may take 45-60 minutes. A debriefing would take 60 minutes or longer.

NAP™ brain profile assessments can be done online. All profiles for adults have automized debriefing links. Click here to go to the brain shop and choose the appropriate online brain profile assessment for you.

BENEFITS OF DOING A BRAIN PROFILE ASSESSMENT

Neuro-Link’s neuro-agility assessments assist people and organizations to:

  • Identify learning potential
  • Create a culture of learning
  • Develop talent
  • Improve emotional and leadership agility
  • Identify and minimize risk for human error
  • Improve employee engagement
  • Create accurate self-awareness
  • Optimize brain performance and increase brain fitness
  • Develop high performance teams
  • Think and learn faster and smarter
  • Improve brain health
  • Align personal design with job function and career choices
  • Accelerate learning and obtain better learning results
  • Make informed subject and career choices at school
  • Clarify purpose by answering the question:  “Who am I?”
  • Strengthen learning ability
  • Optimize learning agility
  • Develop positive self-esteem
NAP™ PRACTITIONER TRAINING

Neuro-Link presents online, NAP™ brain profile practitioner training for teachers, lecturers, trainers, coaches, therapists, counselors, physiologists, OD & HR professionals and consultants about 13 neuro-agility elements that impact the ease, speed and flexibility with which people learn, think and process information. This self-study program certifies practitioners to compile and debrief one or more of our neuro-agility assessments.  It consists of videos, manuals, assessments, infographics and assignments. Partnering with Neuro-Link also offers the opportunity to sell our assessments in volumes to and present neuro-agility development solutions.

More about brain profile practitioner training.

 

FAQ'S ABOUT NEURO-LINK'S NAP™ BRAIN PROFILES

The NAP™ is as accurate as you are honest. It is constantly being improved and adapted through new brain research and studies being conducted at the University of Pretoria, increasing the reliability and validity of the questionnaire. Documented workshops, honors, masters and doctoral dissertations and experts in the field of neuroscience feel that the NAP™ is highly reliable and accurate. It is however of utmost importance to remember that the frame of mind when the learner completed the questionnaire will have a profound impact on the outcome. The frame of mind required to produce an accurate profile is one where the learner should be brutally honest, objective and understands the questions. It is vital to remember that learners should answer the questions in terms of “what they prefer” and not “what they can do” as the questions with regards to a people’s neurological design depends on their preferences.

Yes, experts in the field of people development regard the NAP™ as strongly validated. This is continuously affirmed by documented workshop experiences, feedback from people who have done the assessments, plus honors, masters and doctoral dissertations and studies by students and researchers who have based their research and studies on the Neuro-Agility Profile™. Continuous validation studies are conducted as part of the ongoing research and development efforts of Neuro-Link. Although the NAP™ is not a psychometric test, it complements other validated instruments like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Jung’s Personality Types, and Disc etc.

Yes. Yours! One of the most appreciated aspects of the NAP™ is that it illustrates how you are OK, whatever your profile. All people are OK, but in different ways. The NAP™ is an instrument that helps you to understand your neurodesign, and how you can improve your performance. You can then develop strategies and skills to learn competencies in the areas you are naturally talented in to increase your competence, moving from OK to good, good to great and from great to excellent. By following this journey, you start becoming more of who you can be.

You can’t improve what you can’t measure!

This brain profile assessment will help you to:

  • Improve your brain performance
  • Accurately understand your unique neurological design (potential)
  • Identify which drivers will optimize your performance
  • Increase engagement
  • Understand how you are talented
  • Make more informed subject, career and job choices
  • Identify and minimize your potential risk for human error
  • Understand yourself, team, family and others
  • Manage yourself and others more effectively
  • Understand team roles and contributions better
  • Understand your unique communication style
  • Strengthen your self-esteem
  • Improve your brain health
  • Improve your overall brain fitness
  • Find purpose by clarifying the question:  “Who am I?”

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Yes. Ultimately the purpose of becoming neuro agile is to change from functioning mostly in your preferred default mode to being able to execute any learning and thinking function the disruptive changes may require of you. The main purpose of your brain is to help you survive and adapt to any changes you may encounter. Change can take place if there is a reason for it. Change seems to take place over a period of time, if the individual has the desire and willingness to change, or with a change in their life’s circumstances, or as a result of a significant emotional event. However, if nothing has happened to the individual and they continue to do the same things in the same way, their profile will remain the same.

The 6 Drivers that influence brain performance, the Four Quadrants, Expressive/Receptive preferences, and Rational/Emotional preferences may definitely change depending on how you develop yourself and improve your neuro-agility. You will become a more balanced, whole brained person if you keep on developing yourself. Your preferred brain hemisphere and sensory dominance pattern that determines your information processing style depends on your genetic coding and will usually stay the same for most people, although physical damage to the brain or the senses can cause the brain to adapt and change. Neuroplasticity proves that bio-chemical, structural and even functional changes can take place when we are challenged.

Any person with a brain:)

We render NAP™ assessments services to all people starting from the age of 6.

  1. Businesses
  • recruitment & talent selection
  • talent development
  • performance improvement (leadership & EI)
  • employee wellness
  • health & safety – fatigue management
  • workplace happiness

2. Education

  • schools (students, teachers, parents)
  • colleges & universities (students & lecturers)

3. Sport

  • coaches & athletes

4. Public

  • parents, families & children

The NAP™ is the most comprehensive, multi-dimensional, neuroscience instrument yet. It has been designed to help people understand their design and optimize their brain, thinking and learning performance.

This instrument:

  • Illustrates the framework for and elements of neuro-agility clearly, which has not been done before. It has profound implications for all people in education and learning and development industries;
  • Provides the most comprehensive framework for brain performance improvement and identifying your potential as reflected in your neurological design;
  • Offers a new and holistic framework of drivers that optimize brain performance which have novel implications for anyone responsible for the performance improvement of another and/or improving their brain health or wellness;
  • The framework of drivers that optimize brain performance has never been included in any assessment before which will have ramifications for psychometrics and other assessments;
  • Offers a scientific understanding of the mechanisms of brain agility which has new educational, physical and medical implications for teachers, lecturers, coaches, sports coaches, occupational therapists, educational psychologists, remedial teachers, counselors and doctors;
  • Brain fitness as a driver to optimize brain performance, has never been included in any formal assessment before, which have implications for people doing educational, psycho metrical, physical and sports performance assessments;
  • Offers a clearer understanding of neurological dominance which has interdisciplinary implications to sciences like education, psychology, genetics, physiology, neurophysiology and sport;
  • Offers a ground breaking framework for understanding neurological components of personality which has major implications for psychology, specifically for psycho metrics, but also for teachers and remedial teachers in educational;
  • It significantly contributes towards increased workplace engagement when there is alignment between how you are naturally talented and what you do
  • Illustrates a framework for determining an individuals risk for human error;
  • Fills a gap that identifies neuro-physiological components of your neurological design that can help you improve your neuro-flexibility and ultimately neuro-agility;
  • Has a positive impact on increasing learning ability, learning agility, learning ease and speed, mental flexibility to think and adapt quickly and brain fitness, health & wellness;

Our assessments has significant application value to professionals in the following areas:

Business:

  • Talent selection – recruiters will be able to select the right candidate for the right position, increasing workplace effectiveness, engagement, happiness and wellness;
  • Talent selection – recruiters will be able to align people’s design with the jobs they do more effectively, improving workplace happiness, engagement, wellness and performance;
  • Talent selection – recruiters can assess new talent more effectively;
  • Talent acquisition – talent professionals can help future proof their organizations against disruptive change by developing an agile workforce;
  • Psychometrics – psychometrists will be able to align personality with neurophysiology, increasing validity of their instruments, improving personal awareness, accurate job placements, performance and engagement;
  • Talent development – learning and talent development professionals will have a holistic predictive analyses for identifying people’s potential and talent as a point of departure for developing talent, improving performance and creating a culture of learning in organizations;
  • Leadership development – based on accurate understanding of their neurological design, leaders and managers will have a clearer understanding of how uniquely they deal with change, solve complex problems, think, learn, serve, influence and inspire;
  • Emotional intelligence development – workers will have a predictive analyses that will help them improve accurate awareness of their neurological design;
  • Performance improvement – performance optimization professionals will be able to help the workforce improve their brain fitness and overall brain performance, helping people work faster and smarter and being more productive and effective;
  • Performance improvement – coaches, therapists, counselors will have a predictive analyses to help them establish strong social bonds and understand coachees, and patients better in order to help them achieve their performance goals;
  • Workplace wellness – employee wellness practitioners will be able to increase workplace wellness and brain health assisting the workforce to reduce fatigue and stress and improve performance and promote workplace happiness;
  • Risk of human error – health and safety practitioners will be able to identify people’s risk of human error and minimizing it, helping companies to reduce incidents and accidents and even prevent loss of life;
  • Engagement – workers will be able to engage more effectively in the workplace when they have accurate understanding of who they are, how and where they fit in and how they can contribute best increasing productivity, wellness and happiness;
  • Learning culture – helping companies improve their workforce’s’ ability to learn fast, which will be one of their most sustainable advantages for the future.

Education:                                

  • Teacher/lecturer training – educating facilitators of learning to understand how these 13 neuro-agility elements will influence their style of learning transfer as well as that of their learners and aligning their learning transfer to be inclusive of all learning preferences;
  • Subject and career choices – parents, children, students, educational psychologists, teachers, remedial teachers and career psychologists will be able to make more informed subject and career choices with a predictive analyses, aligning their neurological design with the choices they make;
  • Learning performance optimization– learners will accelerate their learning and obtain better results when identifying their unique learning preferences and aligning their preferences with obtaining appropriate learning strategies and skills.

Sport:

  • Performance improvement – coaches, therapists, counselors will have a predictive analyses to help them establish strong social bonds and understand athletes better in order to improve their performance;
  • Risk of human error – coaches will be able to identify athletes’ potential risk of human error and minimizing it, helping them to reduce incidents and mistakes;
  • Engagement – athletes will be able to engage more effectively on the sports field when they have accurate understanding of who they are, how and where they fit in in the team and how they can contribute best;
  • Performance improvement – coaches will be able to help athletes improve their hand-eye coordination, brain fitness and overall brain performance, helping them to think faster, being more effective.

Neuro-agility is about the brain-based neuro-physiological elements that influence the ease, speed and flexibility with which people learn, think and process information.

Just like ballet dancers need the agility to move quickly and easy, executing their dancing skills with precision, todays workers need the neuro-agility to learn, think and draw conclusions fast and easy and be flexible in moving across new ideas, experiences and understandings in such a way that they are able to maximize the learning value of any experience and apply that learning to perform well under first time, stressful conditions. Neuro-agility is about optimizing the neurophysiological components that allows people to be fit and flexible to think, learn, create and solve problems fast and easy.

It enhances the degree to which people engage in agile learning. Neuro agility underpins the brain’s ability to be in-flow, learning fast and effectively, committing as little human error as possible. It requires being able to concentrate at optimal level, while engaging the whole brain effortlessly during cognitive processes like learning and thinking. People who are highly neuro agile, have the flexibility to learn new skills, attitudes and behaviors fast and easy and unlearn old behaviour patterns quickly. To do this, they have to optimize the drivers that increase their brain performance and the neurophysiological components that influence their learning and thinking flexibility.

Neuro-agility is about the readiness of all the senses and brain regions to function as one integrated whole brain system, being receptive and responsive to receive and transmit bio-chemical impulses at optimum speed to all brain regions, establish new neural networks, retain, express, and apply information, change behavior and perform according to potential under new and potentially stressful conditions.

The construct of neuro agility is situated within the broader domain of learning. Neuro agility is an essential component of the “ability to learn” because it focuses on the neurophysiological attributes of learning, thinking and cognitive processes. This multi-dimensional, neuroscience approach, compliments and strengthens the ability to learn and learning agility, but is neither exhaustive nor exclusive to any of these concepts. The framework for neuro agility brings new constructs like neurological design and brain fitness into the arena of the meta-concept of “ability to learn”. It also offers innovative perspectives on the neuroscience of performance improvement, talent development and reducing risk for human errors.

 It advances, anchors and validates the relevance, importance and impact of concepts like learning agility, leadership agility, emotional agility and organizational agility;

It offers an inclusive neuroscience approach requisite to all global learning practices;
 It offers a framework for understanding how uniquely people learn;
 It offers innovative solutions to optimizing and developing people’s ability to learn;
 It showcases a conceptual neuro-physiological framework for determining human potential;
 It offers a clear neuro-physiological framework for why people learn fast or slow and how they can improve their cognitive flexibility and performance;
 It complements and integrates easily with talent selection, talent development and performance improvement practices;
 It offers a higher return on investment on talent development and performance improvement initiatives when grounded in the hard sciences;
 It separates facts from fiction, thereby solidifying learning and development practices;
 It offers a new conceptual framework for reducing risk for human error;
 It significantly contributes to an individual’s self-awareness, growth, learning and development.

Professionals in the workplace, responsible for:
 Creating a culture of learning – neuro-agility should be a core competence and the point of departure for creating a culture of learning;
 Talent selection – learning agility has become a sought after skill and a major criteria to select talent;
 Talent development – the neurophysiological components offers a framework to identify potential
 Developing high performance teams – team leaders should understand their team’s neuro-design and align member’s natural strengths and preferences with roles and job functions;
 Performance improvement – performance improvement cannot start at any other place than optimizing brain performance;
 Learning and development – to develop people’s learning ability and learning agility starts by understanding the neurophysiological components that determine how people learn and think and optimizing the drivers that improve brain performance and flexibility;
 Workplace wellness – the framework for drivers that optimize brain performance are equally as important to maintaining brain health than it is to improve performance;
 Workplace happiness – neuro-agility provides a framework that is fundamental to a holistic approach to maintaining workplace happiness;
 Employee engagement – alignment between people’s neuro-design and their job functions improves engagement significantly;
 Health and safety – understanding people’s unique neuro-design will indicate their potential risk for human error and offer solutions to reduce fatigue.

Schools and Education:
 All teachers and lecturers responsible for educating others should be knowledgeable about and able to assess the drivers that optimize their student’s brain performance and the neuro-physiological components that influence how their students learn and think.

Sport:
 Sports coached and athletes should understand how their neuro-design and the drivers that optimize their brain performance influence their performance.
Public:
 Any person who wants to develop themselves, improve their competitiveness and safeguard themselves against future job losses, should understand how neuro-agile they are and how they can improve it further.

 It addresses the neuro-physiological components of learning, thinking and cognitive processes responsible for learning quickly and easy;

It offers a scientific and comprehensive framework for the neuro-physiological components that impact people’s personality, how uniquely they learn and think, and their learning agility;
 It makes an important link between the hard sciences (neuroscience) and the behavioral sciences, thereby validating the behavioral sciences more;
 The neuroscience approach offers an inclusive approach to global people development and performance improvement practices as it is exclusive of factors like colour, race, age, culture, language or gender. A brain has no colour, gender, race or culture and neuroscience therefore focuses on what people have in common with each other – a brain!
 Neuro-agility offers a unique neuroscience framework, packaged in a predictive analyses called the Neuro Agility Profile™, for talent development and performance improvement professionals that deepens their understanding of people’s learning potential, how to develop talent and optimize performance;
 The NAP™ Group Profile Report provides companies and managers with vital management information about their workforce’s brain fitness, brain health, neuro flexibility and neuro-agility to help them understand what talent is needed, identify talent, optimize performance, agility, wellness and reduce risk for error;
 Because of its strong physiological basis, neuro-agility delivers business results as our case studies prove a strong return on investment for our clients;
 It offers a new approach to reducing risk of human error and the incidence of accidents;
 It compliments other people development science like Neuro-linguistics Programming and Emotional Intelligence, and integrates easily with other sound learning technologies.
 The neuroscience approach and frameworks help to separate facts from fiction, solidifying learning and talent development practices.

It reduces the cost of change

Neuro-agility consist of 2 dimensions. The first dimension consist of neurophysiological components that influence people’s flexibility in thinking and learning. The second dimension consist of the drivers that optimize their brain performance, which will affect the speed and ease with which they learn as well as their risk for human error.

There is a compelling body of evidence that ties people’s neurological design to components like relative lateral hemispheric dominance, expressive – receptive preferences, rational – emotional preferences, four figurative learning and thinking languages, brain and sensory information processing styles, sensory preferences and Intelligence preferences. These components will impact their personality as well as how uniquely they learn, think and process information, as well as their risk for error. When there is alignment between people’s neurological design and the job functions they perform, they will experience increased work place engagement, well-being, happiness and performance.

To ensure people tap into all their cognitive resources to achieve top performance, they have to leverage all the drivers that optimize their brain’s performance. Research provides strong evidence that ties improved performance to drivers like brain fitness, stress coping skills, sleep, movement / exercise, optimistic / growth mindset and nutrition.
The interplay between people’s neurological design (referred to as neuro-design) and the drivers that optimize their brain performance, significantly influences the ease, speed, and flexibility with which people learn and their propensity for error.

Research suggests that many practices of old should be replaced with new practices, in order to be more effective and optimize the performance of people and businesses. The table below illustrates how current business approaches and practices will have to change:
 Behavioural approach   Neuroscience approach

 Best performer in previous job gets promotion or appointed   Most agile person gets promotion or appointment

 Skills development focus  Brain fitness, flexibility & then skills development

 Unstructured agility approach  Structured neuro-agility approach Limited individual assistance to reducing risk for human error  Strong assistance to individuals to identify and minimize risk for error

 Generalized approach to performance improvement & talent development – one size fits all  Personalized neuroscience approach to performance improvement & talent development – specific

Workplace:
Neuro-Link assists people, teams and organizations with the following talent development imperatives:
 Talent selection
 Provide a predictive analysis for learning potential
 Enhance emotional intelligence
 Optimize performance improvement
 Talent development
 Leadership development
 Promote employee wellness
 Identify and minimize potential for human error
 Minimize fatigue
 Increase workplace flow
 Create workplace happiness

Education:
 Developing teachers and lectures through our assessments and learning solutions
 Learner/student development through our assessments and whole brain learning solutions
 Parent information sessions

Sport:
 Coaching support through individual athlete and team assessments
 Mental performance optimization through our assessments and learning solutions

Public:
 Assessments for children, parents and families
 Motivational talks
 Public seminars
 Free information sessions

It helps companies and individuals safeguard themselves against disruptive change;
 It provides powerful insights to business about which prospective work applicants will be the best asset to the company;
 The Neuro Agility Profile™ is a great tool to use to create individualized personal development programs;
 The Neuro-Agility Profile™ is the most comprehensive tool to measure the brain-based aspects that has to be measured to increase the ease, speed and flexibility workers need to be agile;
 The Neuro Agility Profile™ closes a gap on why individuals may error;
 It is a powerful tool to help managers align who people are with what they do;
 The NAP™ provides insight to managers about the unique contributions people can make in their team;
 It provides better business results and return on investment than ever before;
 It helps to separates facts from fiction in learning and people development practices;
 It is inclusive of culture, race, gender and generations and therefore relevant to global people development initiatives;
 It is the most comprehensive neuroscience frame work for performance optimization and talent development.
 It improves performance, productivity, workplace engagement and happiness.

  • Do the Neuro Agility Profile™ Practitioner Training Program offered by Neuro-Link
  • Do the Introduction to Higher Neuroscience Coaching at the University of Pretoria

Neuro-Link is committed to offering sound scientifically based assessments and solutions to our clients. The science behind neuro-agility, has a sound physiological basis and we see the results at work every day.

Behavioral sciences are defined by use of systematic, empirical and critical investigation and observation of behaviors. These behaviors must have a scientific or physiological basis for their occurrence, as no action or response can arise form a non-existing force. Using neuroscience, we are able to tie the behavioral sciences into neuroscience. Stated differently, we observe certain behaviors and would like to understand why these behaviors occur. This is where neuroscience comes into the equation – to understand the ‘why’ of the behaviors.

Neuro-Link has no need to sway people with neuroscientific claims. Neuroscience has become an interdisciplinary science that is there for people to gain better understanding of their behaviors. Throughout the 20th century, there was a lot of resistance to entertaining brain/mind/behavior patterns, but modern neuroscience, with its many well demonstrated neuro-anatomical and neuro-chemical findings, can provide ways to evaluate these possibilities in more scientifically rigorous ways.

The unique Neuro Agility Profile™ assessment consist of many concepts that is fresh on the grid like the concepts of neurological design, neurological stress, dominance, neuro-flexibility and neuro-agility. Although these constructs can benefit from more research, it this does not mean that the science behind them is new. New insights arise from interdisciplinary studies. The new concepts are based on fresh insights born from the development needs of people and businesses in a changing world, but the science behind these concepts are sound. There is a compelling body of scientific research that confirms the validity of these concepts.

One of the debated components of neuro-agility is the issue of left – right brain hemisphere labels. Prevailing research in neuroscience avoids the definite left-right brain labels, as many have oversimplified the conclusions of Nobel Prize Laureate Roger Sperry’s discovery of the differences of left- and right brain hemisphere processing and mental functions. The problem is not that the research is incorrect, rather than misinterpretation of the implications of the research. Accurate interpretation requires a multi-disciplinary understanding of concepts like the influence of dominance and mid-line crossing on the functioning of the hemispheres, as neuroscience of learning is an interdisciplinary science. Few authorities offer this approach as most have very specific areas of expertise.

Furthermore, many people are using incorrect verbal explanations and terminology that creates disparity between the research and implications. Scientists therefore now use the term “relative lateralization”, as much of Roger Sperry’s original work remains valid today.

It can still safely be said that the left hemisphere processes information in an analytical, sequential way, while the right hemisphere processes information in a random holistic way. Although we are using both hemispheres of the brain most of the time, it can also be said with impunity that at any moment, there will be more activity in one hemisphere than the other. It can also not be argued that some people starts solving problems by following a more logical, analytical approach and others follow a more conceptual, holistic and creative approach. All people think, learn, create and solve problems, but in different ways, depending on our preferences.

One will find many research papers concluding that there is evidence for left and right hemispheric preferences. There will also always be studies that do not achieve significant findings. What one should keep in mind, is that if a few research papers claim something is not true for the particular outcomes that they were trying to measure, it does not necessarily mean that the main concept is unfounded. We need to keep in mind what was measured, how was it measured, how big was their sample, what was their sample quantity, what methods did they use and ultimately, what were the defined objectives and limitations of the research conducted. All of these factors have an influence on the outcomes achieved by research.

When we talk about left and right hemispheric preferences, we do not define it as one hemisphere overpowering the other, but as one hemisphere taking the lead when processing information and the other following slightly more passively. This does not mean that we only use the “dominant hemisphere” and that the other hemisphere is not working. All people use both hemispheres most of the time, making us whole brained people. There will however, always be a hemisphere actively leading in the task at hand and one following more passively. For example, if asked about your hand dominance, you would either respond “right hand dominant or left hand dominant”. When someone is right hand dominant, it does not mean that their left hand cannot be used. However, the right hand feels more natural to use than the left hand, meaning that there is one actively leading and another passively following. The same would apply to the eyes, ears and brain hemispheres.

A concept like neuro-agility does not have a single neuronal substrate. Neuro-agility is a conglomeration of many factors at play that need to be maintained and optimized. Neuro-agility consist of a framework of drivers that optimize people’s brain performance and the neurophysiological components that influence how flexible they are to access any mode of learning, thinking or processing information, that a specific situation may require of them. Each of these neurophysiological components and drivers have neural substrates which will take many hours of neurophysiology training to explain.

There are no quick fixes to neuroscience or understanding neuroscience related concepts. It requires many hours of intense training. Should one really be interested in becoming an expert in neuro-agility, it is highly recommended to take courses like the Neuro Agility Profile ™ Practitioner Training that Neuro-Link offers or do the Introduction to Higher Neuroscience Coaching course, presented at the University of Pretoria.

Prevailing research in neuroscience avoids the definite left-right brain labels as many have oversimplified the conclusions of Nobel Prize Laureate Roger Sperry’s discovery of the differences of left- and right brain hemisphere functions, which is unwarranted by the literature. Scientists now use the term “relative lateralization”, as much of Roger Sperry’s original work remains valid today. It can still safely be said that the left hemisphere processes information in an analytical, sequential way, while the right hemisphere processes information in a random holistic way. Although we are using both hemispheres of the brain most of the time, it can also be said with impunity that at any moment, there will be more activity in one hemisphere than the other. It can also not be argued that some people starts solving problems by following an analytical approach and others follow a conceptual, holistic and creative approach. All people think, learn, create and solve problems, but in different ways, depending on our preferences.

You will find many research papers concluding that there is evidence for left and right hemispheric preferences. As you will know that there will always be studies that do not achieve significant findings. What one should keep in mind, is that if a few research papers claims something is not true for the particular outcomes that they were trying to measure, it does not necessarily mean that the main concept is unfounded. We need to keep in mind what was measured, how was it measured, how big was their sample, what was their sample quantity, what methods did they use and ultimately what were the defined objectives and limitations of the research
conducted. All of these factors have an influence on the outcomes achieved by research.

When we talk about left and right hemispheric preferences, we do not define it as one hemisphere overpowering the other, but as one hemisphere taking the lead and the other following passively. This does not mean that we only use the “dominant hemisphere” and the other hemisphere is not working. All people use both hemispheres most of the time, making us whole brained people. There will however, always be one hemisphere actively leading in the task at hand and one passively following.

For example, if asked about your hand dominance, you would either respond “right hand dominant or left hand dominant”. When someone is right hand dominant, it does not mean that their left hand cannot be used. However, the right hand feels more natural to use than the left hand, meaning that there is one actively leading when processing information and another passively following. The same would apply to your eyes, ears and brain hemispheres. Both hemispheres and senses should however be developed to function in a more balanced, integrated way. This is ultimately what neuro-agility and flexibility is all about. Even when a person functions on an integrated, whole brained manner, one hemisphere, eye, ear or hand will lead, while the other follows. It is part of our neurological design. Also it cannot be argued that when a person had a stroke, depending on where the damage occurred in the brain, that person will display stereo type behavior directly related to the absence of that unique processing function of the brain where the damage occurred.

The opinion above is Neuro-Link’s stance on the left right hemisphere debate. There is not a better alternative solution on the table for relative lateralization. We see the evidence for people utilizing analytical or conceptual approaches to learning, thinking and problem solving in their jobs and relationships the whole time. Our NAP™ assessment validates that even when people display whole brain approaches to learning, thinking and problem solving, they have a preference to follow a specific approach to doing so, depending on their relative lateralization. We are therefore satisfied that the critical and creative modes of learning and thinking form part of normal human behavior.

Neuro-Link is not stating that stress will totally “switch off” the passively following hemisphere, as it is still able to drive biological functions associated with its regions. We define the “switching off” process as the less preferred hemisphere not being able to process information as effectively and accurately as it would under less stressful conditions, once again indicating that the drivers that optimize brain performance have a sound scientific basis which then stems into a behavioral response.

The result of disruptive change is that people are constantly experiencing feelings of burn-out, stress and fatigue. Short bursts of stress are not the problem. Continued stress and fatigue however, are the brain’s greatest enemies. During stress, the brain releases cortical inhibitors (chemical) that decrease or inhibit electro-chemical transmission in certain brain regions. Anything that causes to slow down the speed of electrical transmission between brain cells, is referred to as neurological stress. It causes the non-dominant brain regions to “switch off”, leaving the dominant brain regions to carry on with its primary functions. Stress thus limits people’s performance, learning effectiveness, information processing abilities, and overall learning agility, causing them to become either too logical (more left hemisphere) or too creative (more right hemisphere) oriented than the whole brain person they can and should be.

When people experience continued stress or fatigue (mainly due to lack of rest and sleep), their dominant senses opposite the dominant hemisphere will be adept at processing information. If their dominant senses are on the same side as the dominant brain hemisphere, their information processing ability may be inhibited and sensory transmission may become limited during stress or fatigue, causing neurological hindrances that may increase people’s risk for error.

Our human species have been designed with 2 brain hemispheres, 2 eyes, 2 ears and 2 hands, with the purpose of using both. We are all whole brained most of the time. Even if we are whole brained, MRI and PET scans prove that at a given time, there will be more activity in one hemisphere over the other. This visually illustrates what dominance is all about. All people have a dominant brain hemisphere, eye, ear, and hand. In this context, the definition for dominance is it is the hemisphere, eye, ear, or hand that leads, while the other follows more passively.

Prevailing research in neuroscience avoids the definite left-right brain labels as many have oversimplified the conclusions of Nobel Prize Laureate Roger Sperry’s discovery of the differences of left- and right brain hemisphere functions, which is unwarranted by the literature. Scientists now use the term “relative lateralization”, as much of Roger Sperry’s original work remains valid today. It can still safely be said that the left hemisphere processes information in an analytical, sequential way, while the right hemisphere processes information in a random holistic way. Although we are using both hemispheres of the brain most of the time, it can also be said with impunity that at any moment, there will be more activity in one hemisphere than the other. It can also not be argued that some people starts solving problems by following an analytical approach and others follow a conceptual, holistic and creative approach. All people think, learn, create and solve problems, but in different ways, depending on our preferences.

The eyes are the only part of the brain that is visible. It illustrates how the brain works. To illustrate dominance, one only must look at how the eyes function when processing information. If a person looks through a rolled-up paper at an object with both eyes, one eye leads (focuses), while the other follows. The dominant eye will be aligned with the rolled-up paper. This clearly illustrates that although the person looks at the object with both eyes, the dominant eye will actively process information while the non-dominant eye follows more passively.

Neurological dominance is a natural part of our design. All people have a unique genetic coding which will influence our predisposition towards which hemispheres,
and senses will lead (dominate) when processing information. When one person speaks to another, but the other person cannot hear clearly, it may be that the person who cannot hear clearly, may turn one ear towards the other person. This response indicates an auditory dominance response. It illustrates that although we have two brain hemispheres, eyes, ears, and hands, and use both to process information, there will always be a dominant brain hemisphere, eye, ear, or hand that takes the lead to process information actively, while the other one follows, processing information more passively. Just like the muscles you use must become stronger, so does the brain hemisphere and senses that lead when we process information and learn, become dominant. As people learn and develop, we strengthen neural networks that connect different brain regions and the senses we prefer to use, making certain parts lead stronger and others follow. As a result, we develop physiological preferences for using some brain hemispheres, brain regions and senses over others. These neural networks make it easier to think, learn and create in ways that are consistent in our preferences, hence the reason all people think, learn, and act in different ways.