Thursday, February 26, 2009

What? Surf a Brainwave?

Yes, hello everyone and welcome to this blog. Can you really surf a brainwave? Well as far as I know only in a metaphorical sense. Can you really surf the Internet? Sure you can, that's what brought you here so why not? I'm sure it will catch on... So really what is this blog about? Well it will be about free stress relief techniques like meditation, philosophy of science and psychology (I can already hear you saying "Why the heck would you want to talk about that? But stick around it will be worth it), some of our more overlooked geniuses like Eric Berne and other people who are largely unliked for being overly intelligent or having innovative ideas and if I ever get any decent waves it will be about surfing.

So why am I writing this blog? Well there's plenty of psych blogs out there which only give the information the severely toilet trained are happy to give, plenty of marketing for stuff like brainwave entrainment and self hypnosis and lots of stuff that's fairly boring, so it looks like someone needs to fill the picture out somewhat. So I'm going to share what I've learnt from my admittedly relatively limited experience in the study of Behavioral Science, working in research in the community and in clinical trials, using brainwave entrainment, going to various different temples and surfing. It may not float your boat but it may at least make you say "Hey I never really thought this boat floated like that!" and thats always pretty cool.

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Surf Brainwaves? What does the Chief think??.. Right on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

EEG Neurofeedback Offers Many Health Benefits

Friday, 13 June 2008 MIKE SELVON

One alternative health care approach that has been getting more and more attention is called EEG neurofeedback. This is also called biofeedback therapy and it involves training your brainwave activity as a way of improving and controlling many different conditions.

Many people state that the greatest draw to this type of therapy is the fact that it is holistic and completely non-invasive. In addition, there are not any significant negative side effects that have been reported in the more than 40 years since it was first introduced. There are, however, many very positive "side effects" that people who use biofeedback will point to and are eager to talk about because of the benefits that they have experienced.

EEG neurofeedback is a rather specific form of biofeedback therapy and it necessitates the use of a sophisticated biofeedback machine to register the biometric information of the person. From that input, which is based on the person's brainwave patterns, biofeedback software interprets the signals and provides a display of the patterns which can be used to help the person learn to control their brain activity.

The primary purpose of this type of program is simply to give feedback about what the client's brainwaves are doing and how the brainwave patterns influence the various physiological systems within the person. The neurofeedback information that is provided through biofeedback therapy sessions is based on the recording of the brainwave activity and the subsequent automatic analysis of the brain's electrical activity.

EEG neurofeedback is the most traditional form of the various types of neurotherapy that is available. It was originally developed through university studies in laboratories and in recent years has started to become increasingly available in mainstream holistic practices. It is more and more in demand with each passing year as people learn more about the benefits of biofeedback therapy.

One of the most important uses of EEG neurofeedback is in its application to improve impulsivity, which is generally considered to be a precursor to violent behavior. In addition, biofeedback neurofeedback provides a great deal of support to cognitive interventions and can significantly enhance the success rate in treatment programs.

The implementation of one of the forms of biofeedback is very much like the implementation of an exercise routine. Therefore, the more a person exercises, the more benefits are realized from the endeavor.

This type of feedback can be used to treat a wide array of conditions and disabilities in which the brain is not functioning at its most optimal level. Common conditions of this are exhibited in cases of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), specific learning disabilities, in many forms of severe conduct problems, and related issues such as sleep problems, teeth grinding, chronic pain, frequent headaches and migraines.

Biofeedback treatments are also considered to be a viable, drug-free alternative that can remediate both ADD/ADHD and other developmental disorders. However, EEG neurofeedback is not a "treatment" in the most classical sense of the term. It is actually a training program that requires involvement of biofeedback therapists and active participation from the person who is seeking the benefits of a biofeedback program

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