Posts in Neurofeedback
Why the heart talks to the brain

It’s the way we were made. Science is still learning about the neurophysiology of stress and trauma.  Along that journey of discovery science discovered that it's "not all about the brain".  In fact the heart, for example, communicates with and influences the brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways.

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Neurofeedback's (r)evolution

Calling neurofeedback a revolution is maybe a bit strong for some people, but it is sn important development amongst a number of technologies that expliot brain plasticity and impact upon mental dysfunction.  This emergent technology goes against some well entrenched beliefs, practices and resistant economic interests. 

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How to squeeze the magic from biofeedback

In earlier articles we have looked at what can be achieved with the diligent application of biofeedback and neurofeedback in various areas.  We have expalined why biofeedback therapy is a misnomer to us.  Biofeedback is a training approach requiring active participation from the client.  But there are some fundamental issues to grasp.  In this article we spell out what we see as the foundation requirements for effective biofeedback and neurofeedback practice

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Biofeedback is not a therapy

Let's get this striaght. Biofeedback is not a therapy but it can do you a power of good. It's a case of choosing the right tool for the job. If im bleeding to death or challenged by cancer I would not seek a biofeedback solution. However, if I have struggled with stress, sleeplessness or many other health challnges I definitely know that biofeedback approaches can help.  Biofeedback can have many positive effects across the spectrum of health and wellness but we dont look on it as a therapy - we dont refer to "biofeedback therapy.". 

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Zukor games for engaging biofeedback

The NeXus BioTrace+ software integrates closely with the Zukor games, providing options for really engaging game content that expands on BioTrace+'s built in options. This article looks briefly at how this works. Biofeedback and neurofeedback are particularly effective when the feedback is engaging. For some client groups this means GAMES - that are controlled by the nature and quality of the clients engagement with a task.  Some of the most engaging games on the market for biofeedback are produced by Zukor Games.

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Choosing your NeXus for EEG measurement

We often are asked for "Everything I need to carry out EEG measurement or biofeedback". It sounds like a simple question but actually there are a number of aspects to this question (not least what budget you have) and a bit of thought will almost certainly lead to a more refined quote - and something much more relevant to the situation.

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Quantitative EEG and normative databases

Electroencephalography (EEG) reflecting the ebb and flow of electrical energy from the brain has been in and out of fashion over the years.  It's complexity has meant that increasing interest has usually coincided with advances in hardware and software for processing it.  So called Quantified EEG (QEEG) processes the EEG signals in order to derive improved meaning. One approach which is become popular is to compare the EEG recorded from an individual with a database of norms. In this article we take look at the fundamentals of this approach

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Neurofeedback in post-stroke patients

Stroke frequently causes issues with cognition. EEG based biofeedback, referred to as neurofeedback (NF) is receiving attention in the research literature for it’s successful application with stroke patients.  In this approach the activity of the brain is modulated directly in a safe approach that relies on a learning process - so called neurofeedback. This blog refers to a scientific paper on this topic.

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How to perform neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a training technique with the ability to promote growth and change at the cellular level in the brain.  But how is it done? It has proven effective in a wide range of applications but it is not a "cure all".  It is effective in the right hands with the right equipment - "right" meaning competent and confident in a number of disciplines that are evolving and changing as new knowledge emerges. Technology such as the NeXus systems from Mind Media are making this tool set more widely available.

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The history of neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is founded on two (not so simple) facts: Firstly, a brain’s state (including any dysfunction or dysregulation) is objectively reflected in parameters of EEG recorded from the scalp and secondly a human brain has plasticity to memorise the desired (and thereby, rewarded) state of the brain.

These two paragraphs can be stated with confidence due to many decades of research and empirical observation that have taken place - and the story is not over - there is much still to learn.  In this article we look at the history of neurofeedback.

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Neurofeedback, HistoryDerek Jones