Neurofeedback is a specific form of biofeedback, providing feedback to the brain so that functioning can be optimized.
Extensive research has shown that neurofeedback is an effective option for children and adults with difficulties such as concentration problems, hyperactivity, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. It is a non-invasive method of training the brain to optimize the intricate interplay of brainwaves that determine our behaviour, emotions, thoughts and attention. The latest computer software provides the client with real-time, instantaneous visual and auditory feedback regarding what is happening in the brain. It enhances flexibility, thereby improving the brain’s ability to respond with healthy patterns of functioning.
Different speeds of brainwaves should be dominant when we sleep compared to when we need to focus on a complex maths problem. The goal of neurofeedback is to help an individual move from one brain state to another to accommodate each new task, therefore improving academic performance, mood, behaviour, and thought processing. Neurofeedback meets the criteria by the American Psychological Association to be classified as an evidence-based intervention.
What happens in a Neurofeedback session?
Electrodes are placed on the client’s head with paste to hold them in place and to conduct the electrical signal. One or two of these are also placed on the earlobe. These sensors measure the electrical activity coming from the brain at the specific sites being monitored. No electric current is passed into the brain. This information is fed into a computer for analysis and is converted into game-like displays on the client’s screen. The better the client’s performance, the more stimulating the feedback. The client is constantly fed information regarding the state of their brain with auditory and visual signals. After practicing this over a period of time, the changes are usually long lasting.