First biofeedback, then neurofeedback.
Learning = reinforced practice.
Reinforced - you know when you are ‘on target.’
Practice - makes perfect.
By force of will alone, can you raise the temperature of your hand?
You cannot hit a target that you cannot see. But imagine holding a very sensitive thermometer on your hand with a large display. The temperature jiggles up and down even when you aren’t doing anything. It is that sensitive.
Within a few minutes, you will discover that when you relax, your hand will warm up. And you can bring down the temperature also by restricting the blood flow. With more training time, you will gain a skill for keeps. You will be able to regulate your hand temperature any time you want warmer hands. You also have the power to lower your blood pressure. You more self-sufficient in self-regulation!
The Brain can Learn to Wave Better.
All 100 billion of your nerve cells, or neurons, are firing at least once a second. Most are firing faster. Some are pulsing at 10, 20, 40, even 80 times a second. Everybody has a different proportion of nerve cells firing at different rates. Nerve signals travel up into the nerve cell body and out again. There is a dim electrical echo after each neurochemical reaction. A cup sensor placed on the head can read these electrical echos like a tiny satelite dish. An EEG can processs these faint signals.
Yes, it is like taking a stethoscope to the kitchen and placing it on the oven door. You can tell that something is cooking. But you can’t tell what it is.
Using an EEG, brain wave biofeedback shows you how fast your brain cells are firing. Once sensor can read about 100,000 nerve cells nearest to the skull. The sensors can pick up the tiny electrical by-product of your neurochemistry in action.
As with any biofeedback, when you can watch your pattern of frequencies, you can learn to control how much of which frequencies you are producing. Most everyone can learn to raise and lower the average frequency of their own neurons. Just because you can see what you are doing and changing as you go.
Now brain biofeedback uses computers with computer games or other displays to provide positive feedback to train the brain. Most everyone says that after learning to control their brain waves, they are able to concentrate better. They can focus more attention at will. What other learning tool can boost an IQ score by 10 or 20 points?
Lots of different people use this ability to concentrate such as those who want to be a better athlete, singer, executive, student, or scholar. All kinds of people use it for whatever they do. Better concentration makes for better memory too.
It’s just natural learning. Nobody has had much of a problem with this method since people started doing it 30-40 years ago. It never made anybody sick or stupid or anything. Only about 80 or 90% of the people get the results they wanted, but that’s pretty good.
Most of the scientific research has been to help people with problems. But you don’t need a problem to benefit from brain wave training. It’s good for everybody! And after a million EEG sessions starting decades ago, we are sure it is one of the safest things you will do all week.
There are so many kinds of problems. Nothing has gotten more kids off Ritalin for good than brainwave training or neurofeedback. These are some problems scientists have proven go away and do not come back with brainwave feedback training.
- Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Stroke Prevention
- Brain Injury
- Chronic Pain
- Seizure Disorders
- Anger Management
- Migraine Headaches
- Learning Disabilities (LD)
- Panic Attacks
- Tourette's Syndrome
- Post Heart Attack
Prison Wardens see that prisoners don’t stay criminals after they are released as much. Those helping alcoholics and substance abusers see that many addicts simply drop their bad habits. That is a very different result than with other methods.
How can anything be so good for so many different things? We’re not sure exactly.
The brain is more complex that our mind can comprehend. Perhaps when showing the brain how to adjust itself, it naturally finds a better way to work. Like being stuck and not knowing how to move. When the ability to change brain waves is learned, the brain has more choices and naturally chooses efficiency and health.
The brain can be mapped showing electrical signature, blood flow or magnitism or other ways to graph brain activity. After neurofeedback sessions, those maps usually show better balance, fewer dull areas, and a more wholesome, robust pattern of functioning. All from learning how to wave your brain waves.
How come I never heard of this?
Good question. I don’t know a good answer. Maybe money? Or stodgy reputations? Neurofeedback does not have to be very expensive. It is freely available, and there is not a lot of money to be made. Anybody who is an expert about education or anything on the list above will not be an expert anymore if they accept this.
Proof Is Easy – Use the Internet to Prove it to Yourself
Use Google or any internet search engine and enter some of the words below.
Neurofeedback – “eeg biofeedback” “brain biofeedback”
Or QEEG (quantitative electro encephalograph, a numerical brain map)
And any term you are interested in such as: IQ, ADHD, performance, research, school. Or any term you like.