How does neurofeedback work?
Training the brain - using real-time neurofeedback
In neurofeedback training, measuring electrodes, connected to a pleasant cap, are first attached to the head at fixed points. The EEG measures all relevant brain waves and forwards them to a computer. Then, a computer program divides the brain waves into frequency ranges and subjects them to analysis. All important data are measured in real time (with only 30 milliseconds delay) and 50 times per second.
The data analysis described above is to be conveyed to the patient in the following simple form as feedback, for which there are many different possibilities, like movies, music/sounds, games (often interesting for children to maintain motivation during training) and many other options.
The feedback is based on the principle of so-called operant conditioning. This means that the feedback given to the patient represents a reward if the patient succeeds in activating certain brain areas in such a way that they generate the desired brain activity. In concrete terms, the reward means, for example, that the film appears bright and clearly visible. The “punishment” shows a dark and badly visible film. These processes work also with music, it is either loud and well audible or quiet and almost incomprehensible.
Our brain wants to be rewarded as often as possible. So it constantly tries to recognize and understand the patterns hidden in the feedback in order to receive a reward as often as possible. This process takes place completely unconsciously, without the active intervention of the patient and without medication.
How does a neurofeedback session work?
40 – 60 min. per training
1 – 2 sessions per week
individual training protocols
Executives & Managers
Speakers & Coaches
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Anxiety is a state of agitation, fear and worry. In certain situations it is normal to feel anxiety, for example, in an important meeting or during an exam. But, when anxiety interferes with daily activities it is necessary to take action. In case the anxiety is paralyzing and very frequent, it is necessary to look for help.
Neurofeedback helps decrease anxiety, panic attacks, and ruminating thoughts, at the same time, it improves sleep quality.
ADHD is the abbreviation for a specific form of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It usually occurs as early as childhood. Children and adolescents are struck by learning disorders, hyperactivity and impulsivity as well as fidgetering symptoms. How ADHD becomes noticeable can vary from case to case. The disorder can continue in adulthood or only then be recognized.
Neurofeedback is particularly suitable for improving the learning success of children/young people, including the symptoms of inattentiveness and hyperactivity. In adulthood it can lead to a better structure and concentration in everyday life. Structured and focused work can in many cases contribute to burnout prophylaxis.
Our working environment is so complex that it represents a great challenge to our mental health. Neurofeedback is an excellent tool for the prevention of burnout syndrome as well as for the therapy of an already existing burnout.
A brain wave pattern is trained, which allows a relaxed and focused approach to the possible challenge. Persistent mental states of exhaustion such as burnout massively and lastingly disrupt our brain performance. Neurofeedback can bring the underlying malfunctioning brain activities back into a good form of regulation.
Many people with sleep disturbances take the problems of their everyday life into their sleep and suffer from circles of thoughts or brooding thoughts. An important prerequisite for a healthy sleep is to be able to switch off mentally.
Neurofeedback helps to improve sleep by calming down brain activity in the case of sleep disorders.
The quality of life suffers considerably sooner or later due to permanent pressure situations. Neurofeedback can be used to treat chronic stress and also to learn to be aware of various states of stress. In the future, this will help to identify stress situations more quickly and thus actively counteract them.