Neurofeedback is brain exercise. The clinician observes your brain in action from moment to moment by monitoring your brain waves. You see your brain activity and the clinician helps you to change it by rewarding shifts toward a more appropriate and stable brain state. It is a gradual learning process, but with this feedback, the brain can learn to function more efficiently.
Neurofeedback is also called EEG biofeedback. The electroencephalogram (EEG) is another name for the brain wave recordings and, in this context, biofeedback refers to the process by which you learn to change your brain waves and thereby change your control of brain states.
Neurofeedback uses a brain/computer interface. Sensors adhered to the scalp detect the electrical currents and brain activity. By using operant conditioning, you get rewarded when your brain engages in more of a specified type of brain activity. By changing the EEG, changes occur in brain timing and can create a calmer brain or a more activated, alert, and stable brain.
When you give the brain information about itself, it has an enormous capacity for change. Neurofeedback makes the information available to the brain almost instantly and asks it to make adjustments during training. The brain can respond rapidly. Changes in the EEG due to feedback tend to correlate with improved behavior, mood, affect regulation and attention. Change in EEG behavior is a direct reflection of changes in neuronal firing. EEG training is thought to improve activation, inhibition, and cortical stability, while impacting regulatory mechanisms.
State of Mind's philosophy is that in-office neurofeedback by a licensed clinician or certified technician with specialized training in neurofeedback is optimal. As such, the Neurofeedback specialists devote a majority of their clinical work only to Neurofeedback.
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