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neurofeedback

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic method based on presenting to clients a real-time display of their brain activity and training them, over time, to learn to control that activity.

Like other types of biofeedback, neurofeedback employs some type of computing device in conjunction with specialized software and sensors to capture biological data -- in this case, brain activity. Neurofeedback assessments such as QEEG (Quanatitive EEG), Loretta, LENS maps and Avatar 3-dimensional maps determine precise locations, neural hubs and electrical frequencies that may not be functioning properly.  

Most often, neurofeedback uses an electroencephalogram (EEG) to capture information about brain waves. That information includes quantification of brain waves in specific areas and whether or not brain waves are harmoniously coordinated.

The EEG data is amplified and displayed to the client through a game interface where they can make responses that are designed to train the brain for improved functioning. The client may be able to watch improvements in their brain activity throughout the game.

Also known as neurotherapy, neurofeedback has been used to aid recovery from strokes and aneurisms, ADHD, anxiety, sleep disorders, memory problems, PTSD and concussions. Neurofeedback is also used to help clients deal with ongoing conditions such as autism.

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This was last updated in October 2018

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