Neurofeedback is a way to quantify and train brain activity. Communication between groups of cells in the brain creates thoughts, sensations, actions and emotions. Sometimes our brain activity becomes dysregulated and results in inefficient processing of information.
This activity is detectable in the form of brainwaves – electrical impulses generated by your brain activity. Neurofeedback uses positive reinforcement to teach the brain to better regulate this activity.
During a neurofeedback session, sensors detect your brainwaves to see your brain in action. A computer compares your brain activity to predetermined goals that are set up for you to reach based on your personal brainwave pattern. Sounds and images tell you immediately when your brain reaches your goal and when it doesn’t – when you are activating or suppressing the target area of the brain.
Through this simple method, you learn how to quiet brainwaves associated with low performance and increase brainwaves associated with optimal brain function.