First of all, practice makes perfect! Your brain is always active, no matter what you are doing, and the Mendi session helps you gain more control over that activity. Just like any other activity, this takes patience and practice.
Take physical weight training for example. If you just started to lift weights, you may have noticed that the first few times, the movement felt quite shaky and difficult. But after just a couple of weeks, many probably noticed dramatic improvements in both overall strength and an increased control of the movements. Is that because your muscles became a lot stronger in just a couple of weeks? It would be logical to assume so, but the real reason is simply that your brain started to gain more control of the movement, and as such, it only engaged those specific muscles that actually contribute to lifting the dumbbell, rather than activating all sorts of potentially competing muscles, contributing to the shaky movement.
It's a similar thing with your Mendi training: at first, you might see more seemingly random results, and it can feel hard to control the ball on the screen. Over time, however, you will start to see improvements and a greater sense of control. For most people, this process can take around 3-4 weeks, but for others, it takes a bit longer. The important thing is to keep training regularly.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that every Mendi session helps to make your brain more resilient, regardless of low scores in the game.
The other thing we recommend is to do what you can to ensure that the accuracy of the signal reading in your Mendi app is as solid as possible by:
- Avoid direct sunlight - Direct sunlight or strong LED light shining on your headset during the session may interfere with its accuracy.
- Avoiding head movement (and movement overall) - Any physical activity will increase the overall blood flow, but the important thing when it comes to training using Mendi is that you're achieving that increased blood flow in your prefrontal cortex (PFC) as a result of an increase in brain activity, not as a result of increased physical movement. (In a future app update, we will automatically detect when you're moving around too much to make sure those "false" blood flow increases are not shown in your results).
See also: Mendi best practices.