Learn more about biofeedback and neurofeedback with this short video:
What is Neurofeedback:
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback in which the brain is trained to help improve its ability to regulate all bodily functions and take care of itself. When the brain is not functioning well, evidence can be recorded on an EEG (Electroencephalogram). By challenging the brain, much as you challenge your body in physical exercise, we can help the brain learn to function better. Neurofeedback is a process in which sensors are placed upon the head at specific sites to monitor the EEG brainwaves that are being produced. These sensors are non-invasive and not painful. The brain wave activity is then fed back to the client in real time via visual and/or auditory display. The client can then affect this activity through an operant conditioning paradigm. This concept basically states that if there is a positive reward for a behavior it will be followed by an increase in the probability that it will occur again. A display of the electrical activity of the brain on a computer screen can be used to train and alter different cognitive and emotional states. The displays that we use simply convert very sophisticated signals into images and sounds that are easily understood and allow for effective changes. This can be done using a variety of modalities including a form of video game in which the client is essentially playing the video game with their brain. Using these modalities frequently and over time the brain wave activity is shaped and we begin to affect the state of mind. The clients can see these changes and move towards a predefined goal and learn self regulation. It is not necessary for the client to understand all the intricacies of this process to be successful. As the client trains their brain using neurofeedback the client can learn to improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function and mental flexibility.
Changing the brain clearly affects the mind. Many studies have shown changes in the physiology of the brain when QEEG is done pre and post treatment. Neurofeedback, which teaches the brain to change itself, helps attention, mood, behavior, cognition, and more. Once these changes are practiced and learned, the effects tend to hold. As you improve or better regulate brain functioning this can affect many issues from insomnia and attention deficit to brain injury, stroke, autism or seizures. This does not mean that we get rid of the problem but that there is simply a reorganization of the brain to function better in the context of whatever injury or loss exists.
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