NEUROFEEDBACK

Neurofeedback is called many things. It is referred to as EEG biofeedback, neuro-biofeedback, neurotherapy, and brain wave training. These terms are often used interchangeably. Neurofeedback training is effective for many conditions, such as head injuries, neuroses and anxieties, and a variety of conditions regulated by brain wave function.

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention that presents the client with real-time feedback on brainwave activity, as measured by sensors on the scalp, and typically in the form of visual or audio rewards. The number of sensors determines if the clinician is dong “single channel” or “full cap” EEG. We do both. We also use a variety of neurofeedback methods and modalities.

When brain activity (amplitude or connectivity) changes in the direction desired by the customized neurofeedback protocol, a positive "reward" feedback is given to the individual. Most neurofeedback methods train brain waves to create conditioned self-regulation.

What Kind of Neurofeedback We Use

We use many forms of neurofeedback—there are many different schools of practice and types of software, hardware, and training to choose from. While we use many popular modalities of neurofeedback, such as LORETA neurofeedback, Z-Score neurofeedback, single channel neurofeedback, alpha theta neurofeedback, amplitude training, and full cap training, we often use the system (hardware and software) developed y Neurofield Inc., which is synchronized neurofeedback and neurostimulation training. We have found that this modality is much faster than other forms of neurofeedback-only, since we can first demonstrate to the brain what we would like it to achieve, and then reward those results (neurofeedback-only models do not demonstrate to the brain how to behave, which makes for a much longer period for the brain to catch on).

An Analogy

Imagine teaching a child to eat with a spoon. Neurofeedback alone is akin to handing the child the spoon and never demonstrating to the child what to do with it. The child will dig in the dirt, play with the spoon, etc., and as soon as he places the spoon in his mouth, you clap.

Neurostimulation + neurofeedback is akin to showing the child first how to eat with a spoon. Then handing the child the spoon, and clapping when they mimic your behavior.

Which method do you think will better engender learning?