What is Neruofeedback?

Neurofeedback is biofeedback for the brain.  "Neurofeedback training works directly with the brain.  It is a self regulation skill that inspires growth through self awareness.  Neurofeedback is a comprehensive training system that promotes growth and change at the cellular level of the brain."*  "Frequencies at which our brains fire underlie every thought, feeling, and behavior.  Brain dysregulation underlies emotional, cognitive, and behavioral disorders. "**


Neurofeedback improves attention, alertness, cognitive function, emotion regulation, and mental flexibility.  It can help the brain become more flexible and self regulated.  When you give the brain information about itself, it has capacity for change.  Neurofeedback provides the brain information almost instantly and asks it to make adjustments.  The brain can respond rapidly.  "Trainees are informed by auditory or graphic signals each time their brain is operating more efficiently."*

How it Works

Electrodes are placed on your head and record the electrical activity in that part of your brain. (EEG)  The sensors read the signal; no electricity is being administered to you.  You play a game with your brain.  The computer gives you feedback about how your brain is doing.  Your brain gets rewards by beeps and images each time your brain is operating more efficiently.  Your brain will figure out what to to.  The more you "try" the worse you do.  The trick is to stay focused on the screen and just let it happen.  Neurofeedback teaches the brain to be stable, balanced, and healthy.

Informational Websites


*  Demos, John N., (2005),  Getting Started with Neurofeedback, p. 3-5.

** Fisher, Sebern F., (2014), Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma, p.348.


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