TQ8 Instruction Manual

Current version: 1.0.141


The Trainer’s QEEG (TQ) is designed to identify habitual energy patterns related to desired changes in brain function and performance.

tq8 spalsh screen

Disclaimer: The Trainer’s QEEG (TQ) is designed to identify habitual energy patterns related to desired changes in brain function and performance. IT IS NOT INTENDED AS A TOOL FOR DIAGNOSIS. If you have any problem with the TQ8 software, please report it by sending an e-mail to tq8@brain-trainer.com

Setting up the TQ8

The first step toward using your TQ8 software is the software installation. This means you must have a TQ8 software setup installer file on your computer that you will run. In order to run the setup file it must be saved on your computer.


After your purchase you should receive an order email with download and license information. Save this email for future reference. It contains your license key.

Save the TQ8 installer to your computer. The likely location by default is your computer’s Downloads folder. You can then open the Downloads folder to find the file you have downloaded.

Once a file is saved to your computer and extracted if needed, it is ready to be run.


tq8 installerOpen the folder where you have saved the installer.
Double-click the file to run the setup installer.

This will create a Brain-Trainer folder in your local drive with a shortcut that can be found on your desktop to launch the program.

Default location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Brain-Trainer

Open your TQ8 software

tq8 launcher iconDouble-click the TQ8 launcher shortcut from your desktop to start the TQ8 program. The first time the program is opened, if it cannot find a license it will ask for the license key to be entered.

license request

Activate your license

Open the order email you received after placing your order. Copy the license key and paste it into the “License key” field.

Adding the license key later

If this step is skipped, the TQ8 will run in limited mode. Assessments and training plans cannot be generated in limited mode. In this case, the license key can be added at a later time.

Open “Settings” and select “SYSTEM.” Click the “EDIT” button. Enter your key. Then click “Confirm.”

Updates to the TQ8

The TQ8 automatically updates when changes to the program are ready. When the program is opened, the new update will start to be downloaded in the background. The next time the TQ8 is opened, the update will be installed. You can even close the program while updating continues in the background.


info icon linking to the online manualIn the Home screen at the top right is the “info” icon. Click this link for information about the TQ8.In the window that opens is a link that will open this online TQ8 manual from within the software.

View of info


settings link for tq8Click “Settings” in the top right of the home page to open settings.


Here you have the option of changing the language of the TQ8, changing the default location where the TQ8 will search for client files, select to save the client’s assessment in the client folder by default, select which pages to display in the TQ8 and select what format to use to display protocols (BT2 or BT4BE).

Assessment Settings

File location

Choose the folder where the TQ8 will search for client files by default. You will be able to browse from there, but it will save time to set a default location now.

Example file location:
example saving location

Save map in the client folder

Feature to be enabled in future. We recommend you keep this option on to maintain your file organization.
save in client folder

Assessment pages options

Choose which pages you want to see in the final assessment.
settings 3

Training plan protocols

Select which software’s protocol format to display, BT2 or Brain-Trainer for BioEra (BT4BE).
select protocol software

System settings


Select the language you want to use on the TQ8. Select from English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German and French.

License key

This is where you can enter or edit your license key.

Save settings

Save the settings so you do not need to select them again.
save settings

Preparing Your Files

Creating the client directory (folder)

In order for the program to find the client files to load, it is important that each client has his/her own folder. Inside this folder there must be at least one assessment folder. “Assessment” must be part of the filename and it must come first. Brain-Trainer software (BT2, BT4BE) names the folder correctly by default, including a date.

client subdirectories

Complete Client Report

The Client Report is considered when determining the final selections for the Whole-Brain Training Plan. This should be completed by the trainer through an interview with the trainee and additional members of the support system. Alternatively, a client who is self-training can fill out the report on his/her own or on behalf of a family member.

The trainer should save this Client Report file on his/her computer in the folder dedicated to the client.

Record EEG for an assessment

Recording the assessment means gathering EEG data from the brain to be used in creating a personalized Whole-Brain training plan. These files should be saved to the client folder. Trainers using Brain-Trainer software will find assessment gathering instructions in our online resources.

Creating a New Map

Load data files

Click “Create” to open the “Create Map” dialogue window.

home page for tq8

Under Client data, select a client. The list of clients will include all folders you have created within your file saving location. Next, under Assessment, select the assessment folder for the client.

select existing client

Alternatively, you can use the “SEARCH FROM ANOTHER LOCATION” option to browse to the location where you have saved client files. This is an option for users of other software such as BioExplorer where files and folders may have other naming conventions.

You will not see the client’s recorded assessment data files, but they will be selected if they have been saved to the folder you have chosen. Once you have selected client files, you will see them listed.  If any files are missing, you may search from another location.

You may create an assessment without EEG data, but the Client Report questionnaire is always required. Use the toggle to select this option.

client report only

Finally, click LOAD.


After loading files, the artifacting page will open. Notice that here you have the option to edit client data by clicking the “edit” icon at the top.
edit client data

edit client data

You can click on a column to understand what it means.

artifact tool tips

Automatic artifacting

Auto mode is selected by default, and we recommend you use this mode unless and until you have the skills for artifacting manually.

auto-artifact page

Click SEND TO SERVER for processing.

Manual artifacting

If you have the skills for artifacting, you may change thresholds and decide to include or exclude data based on your judgement. See instructions of manual artifacting.

Opening a Saved Map

Click “Open saved map” and browse to a client folder location to open a map that has already been saved.

Presentation File

Summary Report

Once the data are sent to the server, the processed file will display the Summary Report. At this time you may save the entire assessment file. Click the “save map” icon at the top right of the program. To return to the start to begin creating a new map, click the “system home” icon.

save map with tool tips
Once the file is saved you may open the folder to see it there or continue with the TQ8 file.

file saved

The summary report page can be saved as a rich text file (RTF) to be shared if desired. Click “Save as RTF” to save the Summary Report page in its own editable file.

save as rtf

Once saved, the file can be opened, formatted, and printed.

Setting Goals

Before beginning training or making decisions about the training plan, goals should be established. The GOALS page will display the top issues and their rankings reported by the client in the subjective Client Report questionnaire. Select from these to set goals.  Select up to six goals to track over the period of training.

Issues can be selected in two ways. Tick the box under “Track” to select an issue. The issues table can be sorted according to either Rank or Category by clicking the column header. Alternatively, select from the drop-down boxes. When using the drop-down boxes, the issues in the selected category from which to choose are displayed.

Select the number of cycles of the 5-block training plan you estimate training.

After selecting issues to track, click “Create Tracking Page.” After each cycle of 5 blocks, have the client re-rank the issues. The chart will show  the trend over time.

tracking page

Creating the Whole-Brain Training Plan

The Options page is the source of the Whole-Brain training plan. It can be used completely automatically, or it may be adjusted based on the trainer’s experience.


Options (Manual Protocol selections)

Click “Load protocols” to show the protocols from which to choose.
Click a line to select a protocol. Click again to de-select.

Save the map

Print the map

This manual is under construction. If you have any issues, send an e-mail to TQ8
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