NEUROFEEDBACK. Using Technology to Re-Shape the Mind. Also called…. EEG Biofeedback Brain training Neuro-therapy Neuro-training Attention training Peak performance training. BIOFEEDBACK. Using information about how the body is working to alter what’s going on.
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Using Technology to
Re-Shape the Mind
Peak performance training
Using information about how the body is working to alter what’s going on
Biofeedback was popular in the 70’s for managing anxiety.
The client got sound tones for rewards when his GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) met the pre-set levels.
Our brains can
When you have information what your brain waves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works.
Most brain development occurs
during the 1st 2 years of life
about 12 ounces at birth,
about 35 ounces at 1 year…
and about 20% of your oxygen.
but then we start to LOSE brain cells.
Fortunately, those 100,000,000,000 neurons are a generous supply!
is connected to
other neurons –
we have an estimated 1,000,000,000,000,000 connections in our brain.
Our thoughts, feelings, actions, memories & imaginations are the result of what happens in our synapses.
Synaptic Self – How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Ernest LeDoux
therefore I am…”
LeDoux believes it is all in the synapses that the essence of our personalities is encoded – including the basis for mental health and self-awareness – and mental illness, addictions and other brain-related problems.
The electricity reflects normal cell activity as information is transferred from cell to cell.
We can detect this electrical signal using sensors – electrodes – placed on the scalp.
similar to the way stethoscopes pick up information about our hearts and lungs.
The signal is VERY tiny, measured in microvolts – about 1 millionth of a volt.
This electrical signal is then magnified by some kind of amplifier, which is then fed through a computer.
Pocket 1-W EEG
Computers can filter out the various brain wave frequencies & provide us with this information in a usable form.
The patterns of brain wave activity varies, depending on where on the brain we are looking, and what kinds of things we are doing. In different mental states, different types of brain waves dominate.
The brain produces fast beta waves when the person is actively mentally involved in a language-based task …
…and slower theta waves when involved in an image-based processing task, like a video game.
For under-powered brains a fast-wave task like school work ends up causing the brain to start into beta—then collapse into slow drowsy waves.
Stimulant meds can stimulate the brain-– until the meds wear off.
NF works by re-training the brain to produce the beta waves on its own – and many people continue to improve after the training ends!
Each brain wave frequency can be
measured in terms of:
Regulation of basic life functions
Has a role in sexuality, memory, and processing emotional information
Used for thinking, talking, hearing, seeing and creating
Suggests Superior Intelligence
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Because the real problem is the brain’s impaired ability to regulate itself.
is the problem with disorders like depression and ADHD.
is the problem with anxiety disorders (includes panic attacks, PTSD, agoraphobia, etc.)
is the problem with bipolar disorder, seizure disorders, migraines.
although they can sometimes be immediate, such as in relieving a migraine headache.
will provide nearly permanent relief.
For really entrenched problems – e.g., Asperger’s & other autism spectrum disorders – 100 -200 sessions may be needed, and results may not be as complete.
NF can change the face of mental health treatment – and offer resolution of symptoms rather than the temporary relief of medications.
For traditional therapy, it can make people “more available” and therapy-ready.