What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently.Neurofeedback is a way to quantify and train brain activity; it isbrainwave biofeedback. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function.Self-regulation training allows the system (the central nervous system) to function better.The basic principles of how neurofeedback works are deceptively simple.
Neurofeedback-How it works?
Communication between groups of cells in the brain generates thoughts, sensations, actions and emotions. This activity is detectable in the form of brainwaves, or electrical impulses generated by your brain activity.
In neurofeedback, this electrical wave activity is recorded by bio-sensors (electroencephalograph) and displayed using a computer. Auditory, tactile, and visual cues let you know as to when you are activating or suppressing the target area of the brain. Through this method, you learn how to quiet brainwaves associated with low performance and increase brainwaves associated with optimal brain function.
Neurofeedback trains the brainmuch like exercises are used to train specific muscles.The more the brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient position, the stronger and more efficient it becomes (see neuroplasticity). This exercising the brain to gain new skills to alter its own function is what makes neurofeedback such a powerful technique.
As the brain governs your emotional health, psychological health and every system in your body, training it into better function has far reaching benefits. Neurofeedback has an excellent track record for symptom resolution over a broad spectrum of conditions.
Applications of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is used to teach children with ADHD how to calm and concentrate, and is rated level 1 ‘best practice’ intervention for ADHD by the American Pediatric Association. NASA uses neurofeedback to train astronauts. The US military use it to train their Special Forces, and have adopted neurofeedback as a new intervention for PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
It’s used in professional football, by Olympic athletes, and is available privately for health, well-being, and personal development.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain disregulation. These happen to be numerous. They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.
Who provides neurofeedback
Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) is typically provided by mental health professionals such as psychologists, family therapists, and counselors.
Neurofeedback using Mindwave Mobile
The MindWave Mobile Myndplay edition ist he first professional EEG headset for home and mobile use. With NeuroSky’s low-cost MindWave Mobile headset and our neurofeedback training software, you are able to build up your ability to concentrate, focus and relax. The headset’s sensor measures the brain’s electrical activity and transfers the data readout via Bluetooth to a computer, smartphone, tablet or laptop. The MindWave Mobile is suited for iOS as well as android devices. The high quality and reliability of the brainwave signal is based on a TGAM chipset – the biosensor chip that revolutionized the industry. It is your perfect introduction to the world of brain-computer-interfaces (BCI).
In contrast to the „Brainwave Starter Kit”, the „Myndplay Edition“ includes the Myndplay software movie player. By increasing your level of concentration or relaxation, you can influence – even change – key moments of the plot and outcome of a movie.