Generally, a person cannot reliably influence their brainwave patterns because they lack awareness of them. However, when [the person] sees their brainwaves on the computer screen, it gives [the person] the ability to influence and change them,’ notes Dr. Corydon Hammond in a 2006 research article. So, how does the Neurofeedback process work?
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, drugless method for teaching the brain to function in a more balanced and healthful way. It includes EEG sensors that monitor brainwaves, and a computer to send feedback to you. There are numerous different ways to receive this feedback, such as video games, listening to music, or watching a video.
The stimuli (video game, music or video) will only operate smoothly when your brainwaves are functioning within an optimal range. This acts as a reward for your brain. When the brainwaves function at a rate that’s not optimal, you’ll receive negative feedback. This tells your brain that something is out of balance, and challenges it to figure out how to return to optimal levels.
Over time, your brain will learn from the continual feedback, which can promote lasting structural changes within the brain. The brain then consistently operates within a more optimal range outside of training sessions.
How Can Neurofeedback Be Used to Treat Disease?
Neurofeedback is used to address a wide variety of conditions. These conditions all have one thing in common, they are characterized by brain issues. The brain has the natural ability to change itself, allowing for neurofeedback training to treat brain conditions by strengthening weaker aspects of brain function.
‘Neurofeedback does not introduce anything unnatural into the brain, rather [neurofeedback] trains the brain to function better through its own natural mechanisms (i.e. it learns or teaches itself to improve)…’ states Dr. Stephen Ferrari in a 2012 article/study.
Frank H. Duffy, MD, a Professor and Pediatric Neurologist at Harvard Medical School, stated that scholarly literature now suggests that neurofeedback ‘should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used….It is a field to be taken seriously by all.’
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