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Continuous and direct self-information to improve nervous system functioning.
NEUROFEEDBACK is a specific form of biofeedback.
refers to the process of feeding physiological signals from the body
back to the organism generating the output. A realtime feedback
loop can alter the underlying production of many biological processes. Biofeedback
is like a mirror that links bio-measures to the autonomic or central
nervous system. Your can increase your hand temperature by holding
a thermometer and intending to raise the numbers. Any
realtime bio-monitoring technology is a candidate for biofeedback
applications from hearing heart rate to watching magnetic imaging.
Computer processing of the signals and mediation of the feedback has
magnified the power of all forms of biofeedback.
uses signals based on neural activity and displays these to the signal
creator in order to bring neural processes under control. Since
1970 neurofeedback has used microvolt brainwaves detected at the scalp
with an EEG. Hemoencephalography feeds back thermal brain emissions in the near infrared spectrum.
has broad and numerous applications from raising IQ in anyone,
performance enhancement and to provide relief for numerous physical and
psychological disorders. Typical applications range from improving
attention, cognitive processes and sleep to reducing anxiety,
depression and pain.
mechanisms of action are unknown, but the bioelectrical perspective to
mental health has shown remarkable promise in improving the efficiency
and effectiveness of the central nervous system. Neurofeedback has
proven significant success rates in resolving many intractable disorders
such as ADHD, epilepsy, and migraine headaches. Scientific
research has established efficacy to all but the most stringent medical
safety of neurofeedback and the general absence of deleterious side
effects of these methods is remarkable. The power of neurofeedback
is a testament to the beneficial effects of continuous direct
self-information in order to improve functioning.