How to Train Your Brain with Neurofeedback
December 11, 2013
By Raine Dinale
How to Train Your Brain with Neurofeedback
If you suffer from depression, anxiousness, obsessive thought patterns, attention deficit disorder or sleeplessness, then Neurofeedback training might just be the answer.

Making changes or training the brain has a direct effect upon the mind. Neurofeedback can help improve emotional regulation, cognitive function, mental flexibility, alertness and attention.

How does Neurofeedback training work?

The whole process can be likened to personal training sessions for your brain, enabling it to function in a more positive way. Neurofeedback uses a brain/computer interface which detects brain activity and is based upon a reward system called Operant conditioning or Response-stimulus. This is an association between two stimuli: behaviour and consequence.

So what actually happens when you have a Neurofeedback session?
  • The very first thing to do is to have a conversation with the practitioner to discuss where your life is currently, and the goals that you have
  • The practitioner will establish a therapeutic plan for treatment, based upon your goals
  • You then make a choice of what computer game to play
  • One or two sensors are placed on your head (not unlike heart monitoring) and two sensors are placed upon your ears
  • The computer game you have chosen is driven by your brain waves and moves forward when your brainwaves associated with your therapeutic goals are aligned
  • Your brain, with practice, will then naturally associate with more positive outcomes as opposed to negative outcomes
The amount of sessions required is entirely dependent on each individual. You may notice improvement after just a few sessions and be content with that, or you may feel you need to continue to attain the goals you have set.

Neurofeedback for people who take medication or undergo psychotherapy is still an option as they can all work symbiotically. As the brain learns to improve its regulation, medications can often be reduced or their effect becomes improved.

State flexibility can also be improved where, for example, if a person becomes angry and stays that way for perhaps 4 days it means they are "stuck in state". Neurofeedback can prevent that by creating state flexibility. Brain flexibility allows the brain to shift states more rapidly.

Surprisingly neurofeedback is not new. During the 1960s an accidental finding saw cats change their Electroencephalography (EEG: a test which measures brain electrical activity) with operant conditioning. This research launched the field of Neurofeedback.

For more information before taking this step to behavioural change you can have a read of some more information on Neurofeedback or check out this video on Neurofeedback.

Raine Dinale has worked as a published freelance writer for more than 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand. She established copywriting company woRDspin, and presently acts as Editor/Senior Writer for a new magazine called 'Secrets to Health on the Mornington Peninsula'. Raine is also a working actor who has recently settled in Mornington. She has three beautiful daughters and a Spoodle named Harry. You can contact Raine through her Facebook page or LinkedIn.
"Neurofeedback is like personal training sessions for your brain, enabling it to function in a more positive way."