The Foundation for Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience
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How is it done?

Before neurofeedback training begins, the therapist will ask the client for a thorough description of his or her symptoms, health history and family history in order to determine the best training approach.  Some practitioners will also require a full brain map, known as a quantitative EEG (qEEG), prior to training.  The qEEG may involve a separate visit.  In most instances, clients will train at least once a week.  Training sessions may be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour in duration.  It is not unusual to see improvement within the first ten sessions.  Neurofeedback is a learning process.  Once this learning is consolidated, its benefits are generally long-lasting and frequently permanent.

The EEG biofeedback training is a painless, non-invasive procedure. One or more sensors are placed on the scalp, and one to each ear. The brain waves are monitored by means of an amplifier and a computer-based instrument that processes the signal and provides the proper feedback. This is displayed to the trainee by means of a video game or other video display, along with audio signals. The trainee is asked to make the video game go with his brain. As activity in a desirable frequency band increases, the video game moves faster, or some other reward is given. As activity in an adverse band increases, the video game is inhibited. Gradually, the brain responds to the cues that it is being given, and a "learning" of new brain wave patterns takes place. The new pattern is one which is closer to what is normally observed in individuals without such disabilities.