What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a way to train your brain for improved functioning. Brain activity happens in the form of electrical signals, and we can measure these signals in our office. We know that some patterns tend to show up when you’re distracted, anxious, or depressed, and we know what a well-functioning brain tends to look like.
With neurofeedback, we use computer software to show you what your brain waves are doing, and then help you encourage your brain to make different patterns to help you improve your daily functioning.
How does neurofeedback work?
It works through a research-proven process called operant conditioning. We use software to show you something enjoyable, like a video or a game. When your brain makes the waves we want to encourage, the video or game play properly as a reward (like saying “yes” to your brain). Wen your brain waves don’t do what we are encouraging, the video or game will not play properly – it will pause, turn blurry, etc., to send your brain the message that it needs to make a correction (a “no” message). Over the course of an our-long session, your brain receives hundreds, or even thousands of “yes” or “no” messages, and begins to make more lasting corrections. In other words, it learns what you want it to do.
How long does it take?
Sessions last just under an hour, and we typically do 2 sessions per week, to give your brain the consistency of information it needs to Improve. Most people do a total of 30-40 sessions (15-20 weeks) to reach their goals.
Does it wear off?
Neurofeedback is a learning process, so as long as you get enough repetition for proper learning to occur, the results are generally persistent. Think of it like learning to ride a bicycle. Once you learn, you don’t forget.