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Neurofeedback

“For decades, the prevailing dogma in neuroscience was that the adult human brain is essentially … hardwired, fixed in form and function, so that by the time we reach adulthood we are pretty much stuck with what we have. …The doctrine of the unchanging human brain has had profound ramifications. For one thing, it lowered expectations about the value of rehabilitation for adults who had suffered brain damage from a stroke or about the possibility of fixing the pathological wiring that underlies psychiatric diseases…But research in the past few years has overthrown the dogma. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain retains impressive powers of ‘neuroplasticity’–the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience. The brain can be rewired.” (Time Magazine, January 19, 2007)

This idea that the brain can be rewired is one that neurofeedback practitioners, who teach people to improve their brain functioning by altering their brainwaves, have known for decades. The first study of using neurofeedback (also known as brainwave biofeedback) to change the brain was published in 1968 by Dr. Barry Sterman. Dr. Sterman found that individuals with seizure disorders were able to significantly reduce or eliminate seizures through neurofeedback training. Subsequent studies have confirmed Dr. Sterman’s findings on seizures, and other studies and clinical reports have documented the effectiveness of neurofeedback in treating a wide variety of neurologically-based disorders, including:

  • attention deficit disorder
  • traumatic brain injury
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • stroke
  • autism
  • age-related memory loss
  • other brain-based disorders

Neurofeedback involves using specially designed, very sensitive electronic instruments and software to measure the electrical activity of the brain and feed back information to the patient about brainwave patterns. Through auditory and visual rewards, the patient’s brain learns to correct faulty brainwave patterns with a resulting improvement in functioning. What parts of the brain are trained and what brainwave frequencies are targeted is based on an assessment that includes information on presenting symptoms and functioning. In complex disorders, such as stroke and brain injury, a specialized brain mapping process called a Quantitative EEG is also used to direct training.

More information about neurofeedback, including research articles, can be found at the following websites:

International Society for Neurofeedback and Research: www.isnr.org
EEG Spectrum: www.eegspectrum.com
EEG Info: www.eeginfo.com

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