What is Neurofeedback?

what-is-nfNeurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, is a form of biofeedback.  In neurofeedback, a person is provided information about electrical activity in the cortical region of the brain so that he or she can learn to enhance or inhibit targeted patterns of brain activity. The process leverages the brain’s natural plasticity to restructure brain waves into the healthy patterns needed for cognitive functioning and emotional self-regulation.

Supported by 30-plus years of research and further validated through the use of new brain imaging technology, neurofeedback is rapidly becoming known as a safe, effective intervention for an array of conditions, such as: ADD/ADHD, anxiety, substance abuse relapse prevention, seizure disorder, sleep difficulties, depression, head injury and general performance enhancement.

Neurofeedback Quick Facts

  • In November 2012, biofeedback was classified as a Level 1, or “best support”, treatment option (on par with medication) for children suffering from attention and hyperactivity disorders. See the chart here.
  • The meta-analysis by Arns et al. (2009) concluded that “neurofeedback treatment for ADHD can be considered “Efficacious and Specific” (Level 5) with a large effect size for inattention and impulsivity and a medium effective size for hyperactivity.”
  • There are thousands of board-certified neurofeedback practitioners around the world.