Neurofeedback started as early as the 1960's when researcher Joe Kamiya experimented with the Alpha activity (8-12 Hz) in the human brain. The results, which were very promising, inspired many other new experiments. Nowadays the fact that humans can learn to alter their brain function, by using an EEG, is virtually undisputed. As an example of a neurofeedback session, you can watch the video above.
Neurofeedback, originally called EEG-biofeedback, is a specific application of biofeedback to visualize the electrical activity of the brain. It teaches patients to influence their brainwaves, thus adjusting their state of mind.
Neurofeedback, sometimes referred to as neurotherapy or brain function training, is an effective method to treat a variety of health problems. Like biofeedback it reduces the need of taking medication. Neurofeedback uses the electrical activity (EEG) of the human brain as feedback to the client, according to the principle of operand conditioning, even more so than biofeedback. The main difference is that biofeedback uses various physiological signals, except the EEG.
The American association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) have created a list of different levels of efficacy of neurofeedback for various applications. For some applications, neurofeedback is an accepted treatment, while for other conditions it shows promise, or should it still be considered to be an experimental method.
Mind Media was one of the very first companies in Europe to develop neurofeedback systems. We have more than 20 years of experience with neurofeedback, as we introduced the BrainTracer device to the European market in 1992. Though we are convinced of the potential of neurofeedback, we urge you to remain observant and critically test your results. The field of neurofeedback still needs better standards and regulation and Mind Media takes an active part in the process of achieving this.
Mind Media has made a deliberate choice to only focus on applications for which solid scientific evidence is available. These are:
If you are a medical professional and you want to enter this field, you will need good equipment and a good training/education before you can start. Our recommendation to you would be:
If you are a health professional and if you want to know how neurofeedback could help your clients or patients or what scientific studies are available, please contact us for information. You can also consider participation in a training course, such as our workshops and seminars for professionals on these topics.