What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, computer-assisted method of monitoring brain activity and training individuals to be more flexible and resilient in their thinking patterns.  It involves the measurement of brain waves and provides signals (auditory or visual) that teach self-regulation of brain functioning.

Brain development is dependent on experience. Research suggests the brain plasticity (ability of the brain to change and adapt) is far greater than previously thought. With the rapid changes in technology and computer systems, neurofeedback equipment has become more precise and more affordable.  Sixty years of research and development of Neurofeedback points to client improvement in cognitive functioning, mood regulation, and attention. It has also been shown that neurofeedback can result in physiological changes which can improve performance.

Video courtesy of Mike Cohen, from the Center for Brain Training in Florida, USA.

What happens in a Neurofeedback Session?

In a neurofeedback session, sensors are placed on the scalp and ears. These sensors only collect information; nothing goes back to the brain through these wires. Through the use of visual and auditory stimulus, the brain is informed about it’s “internal functioning”. Neurofeedback allows an individual to observe their brain activity and optimize their mindset. It is a unique tool for catalyzing personal transformation.
Neurofeedback software uses mathematical calculations that translate the brain’s electrical currents, into brain wave frequencies. Every individual, and every brain is unique. Although specific areas of the brain are responsible for certain functions, research also identifies that different regions of the brain interact with other regions. Individuals who train with neurofeedback experience improvements in concentration, impulsivity, memory, emotional regulation, sleep quality and overall calmness.

Video courtesy of NeurOptimal® | NeurOptimal® describes Feedback

Service: Brain Mapping

We also offer QEEG Brain Mapping. The first step is to gather information about the electrical activity in specific locations of the brain. Electrical activity is recorded from across the scalp (using what looks like a swimming cap with sensors in it) and the data is used to generate topographic maps of electrical activity across the brain. Our computer system will then analyze this information and generate a series of images that will identify which areas of the brain may be over-active or under-active. This is called a Brain Map and it provides an overview of what is occurring in the brain and will be used in combination with information provided by the client to develop the neurofeedback training plan.

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