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Gray Matters
Center for Performance & Cognitive Enhancement


Gray Matters

Cross Training the Brain.

Every time you learn something, neural circuits are altered in your brain.

 Learn a skill and change the brain

We utilize a multi-modal approach designed to optimize and improve the eye-mind-body connection.

This integrative approach combines brain training with skill-based training to create, or strengthen, nerve pathways.

What is Neurosensory/Visual Training?

Visual perception problems are often overlooked and may impact many areas of daily living, especially in school performance. Sensory processing affects many factors related to performing visual perceptual tasks such as recognizing letters or words, interpreting symbols and graphs, and fine/gross motor areas utilized in handwriting and left versus right awareness.

Through an individualized program, clients work one-on-one utilizing a multi-modal approach of enhancing the visual system (eye movement and tracking), the vestibular system ( balance coordination through our inner ear), and the proprioceptive system ( touch system), to integrate all areas in strengthening our visual/sensory capabilities.

Every time you learn something new you are changing your brain. The ability to see and process is key.

Visual/ Sensory skills assessed:

  • Visual Tracking: Tracking requires the highest level of precise movement in the human body. This skill permits rapid shifting of the eyes along a line of print in a book, quick and accurate shifts, and sure tracking with sports.
    Deficits in this area may relate to frequent loss of place, finger pointing when reading, miscopying, and an inability to tend to visual tasks.
  • Visual Spatial: Visual spatial skills are critical in organizing critical space based upon body awareness, distinguishing left versus right, letter and number reversal recognition, and the ability to form correct numbers and letters.
  • Visual motor: hand eye coordination is the ability of our eyes to guide our hands and coordinate visual information with motor output. Visual perception is the ability to recognize, recall, discriminate, and make sense of what we see.
  • Visual perceptual skills: visual perception is the process of organizing information and giving meaning to what we see. This is utilized in performing everyday task including reading, copying information, and understanding symbols.

Cognitive performance

Just as exercise is important to the body- the brain requires exercise and conditioning too. Brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, is the ability for the brain to rewire and restructure itself. It is strengthened by applying different interventions and programs thus improving our cognitive abilities.

Our cognitive performance program is designed for clients with needs related to Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Neurological Disorders, Learning-related disabilities, ADHD, and executive functioning.

Methods assessed:

  • Attention: concentrating and focusing on relative information
  • Perception: capture and process information that our senses receive
  • Memory:  retaining information and recovering pertinent information when needed
  • Coordination: moving efficiently, quickly, and purposely
  • Processing/reasoning: processing and understanding information in order to get a specific conclusion in the least amount of time.




Peak Performance:

High intensity intervals are essential during anaerobic exercise. This process breaks down muscle tissue and initiates a release of powerful regenerative hormones that repair damaged areas in the body.


Utilizing optimal conditioning, similar to athletes and severely deconditioned individuals, may increase performance through frequent use of the Cyclic Variation and Adaptive Conditioning process (CVAC). The CVAC process elicits similar benefits gained through traditional aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Stimulate your body by ridding metabolic byproducts known as advanced glycation and -product, (AGEs). Subsequent benefits include improved sleep, cardiovascular health, glucose metabolism, muscle strength, metabolic function, energy, endurance, and cognitive functioning.


Adaptive Resistance Exercise (ARX) technology combines computer/controlled, motorized resistance that is capable of matching the force of any use 100% of the time. This gives you the perfect rep, every rep. With perfect resistance, ARX shortens the time you need to exercise while dramatically increasing the safety and effectiveness of all of your workouts. ARX resistance training builds muscle mass, increases bone density, helps with weight loss, and optimizes hormones in minutes per week.

 Physical recovery

Restore motion, neuromuscular control of individual muscles/muscle groups, restore balance, reflex control, strength, and endurance, and physical performance functions

Light therapy has been used to treat various medical conditions and diseases- from skin conditions like psoriasis to seasonal affective disorder and depression. These types of light frequencies known as red and near infrared (NIR) wavelengths penetrate the skin and trigger chemical and physiologic actions deep inside the body for the purposes of muscle recovery and athletic performance.

Many individuals find that relaxing their muscles helps relax their body and mind as well. Light therapy reduces stress and fatigue, soothes and release, supports immune system, improves sleep, reduces inflammation, increases tissue oxygen, muscle relaxation.

Learn a skill. Change the brain.

Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

Palo Alto Office

366 S. California Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Palo Alto

Emeryville Office

1101 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 201
Alameda, CA 94501


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