WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK TRAINING?
Neurofeedback, also referred to as EEG biofeedback, is a brain-computer interface based training method that provides the brain with a rapid and consistent sensory feedback signal of its ongoing electrical activity, allowing a person to learn to predict and control this activity. Neurofeedback, in combination with non-invasive brain stimulation, is a promising, safe and medication-free clinical tool for improving performance and longevity and for correcting dysfunctional patterns of information processing such as alleviating the symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Asperger’s and further atypical functioning of affect and cognition.
Neurofeedback is an evidence-based brain training and therapeutic method. It is easy to understand neurofeedback if we acknowledge the intimate relationship between mind and brain. All our subjective feelings and thoughts, all our intentions and actions are characterised by distinct objective neural activation patterns in our brain. Disruption in these activation patterns results in a wide range of subjective difficulties, such as emotion regulation problems, depression, anxiety or anger, or cognitive problems related to memory, attention and learning. With the help of neurofeedback, guided by instantaneous, rewarding sensory feedback, we can learn to successfully modify dysfunctional brain patterns in a direct and natural way. As a result, various affective and cognitive symptoms diminish or disappear, while the brain regains homoeostasis and vitality.
Based on solid scientific evidence from the fields of neuroscience, psychophysiology, psychology and medicine, neurofeedback is changing the way common brain dysfunctions, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, poor memory or learning difficulties are treated.
HOW DOES NEUROFEEDBACK WORK?
During a neurofeedback training session, you are sitting in a comfortable chair, participating in a simple computer game or watching a movie. Unlike the passive leisurely watching, however, this is a very active process, as it is your moment-to-moment electrical brain activity that determines what happens on the screen.
When the electrical activity in key brain areas-the ones identified as needing improvement during your qEEG brain assessment – approaches the set training targets and you are entering a desired mental state, you are winning the screen game or enjoying a clear and continuous video stream. When your brain activity drifts away from the set targets and your focus or calmness decreases, you are losing game points, or the movie stream is disrupted.
Over multiple sessions, guided by this continuous real-time sensory feedback, you learn to regulate your brain activity and to induce desired mental states. This engaging learning experience is accompanied by a seamless reorganisation (rewiring) of key brain areas and networks. As a result, you become capable of replicating and maintaining the positive brain states achieved through the neurofeedback sessions in everyday life situations, outside the training clinic.
At Bright Brain Centre London we offer the following neurofeedback training options:
TRADITIONAL/CLASSIC NEUROFEEDBACK, implementing a range of well-established 1-4 channel protocols, such as Barry Sterman’s and Joel Lubar’s SMR enhancement, Peninston’s Alpha-Theta and Othmers’, Lehmi’s and Gruzelier&Vernon’s Alpha Coherence. Further database-free, “reward-inhibit” type protocols we offer are the ones, used extensively in the pioneering work of Bessel van der Kolk and Sebern Fisher.
We deliver these traditional neurofeedback protocols as a standalone training or in combination with NIBS (non-invasive brain stimulation) techniques and since 2019, we have been offering traditional neurofeedback training as a part of our supervised home training programme.
DEEP BRAIN 3-D LORETA NEUROFEEDBACK – 19 channel sw-LORETA training, aiming to establish a direct reinforcement loop with cortical and sub-cortical networks.
We deliver this deep brain training as a standalone treatment and in combination with NIBS (non-invasive brain stimulation).
INFRA-SLOW FLUCTUATIONS NEUROFEEDBACK working with the slowest fluctuations measurable on the cranium. The infra-slow fluctuation training impacts the CNS system at a deeper level; it focuses on the integration of the central nervous system (CNS) and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) ; it is believed to affect the glial cell activation patterns. We are trained in and deliver classic ISF (bipolar), and ISF LORETA, which gives us the unique opportunity to work on infra slow fluctuations in deep brain structures.
We deliver this training as a standalone option and use peripheral physiology monitoring in every session.