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Putting Workplace Stress in Its Place

Stress is one of today’s most pervasive health concerns, affecting tens of millions across the United States and causing an estimated $300 billion in loss every year to the economy. Between diminished productivity, absenteeism and direct medical costs, stress has earned a spot as the World Health Organization’s “health epidemic of the 21st century.” Many workplaces responding to employee stress have developed techniques and programs to help people de-stress throughout the workday, but even if you’re not among the lucky Google employees receiving massage retreats, you can start to minimize your own stress levels anytime! Whether by using neurofeedback, spending …

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qEEG Neurofeedback for Migraines

This study by Dr. Jonathan Walker at the Neurotherapy Center of Dallas examined neurofeedback’s ability to treat migraine headaches. The study focused on 71 patients between the ages of 17-62 who complained of frequently occurring migraine headaches. Researchers found that of these patients, over half (54%) experienced complete cessation of migraines, with another 39% experiencing an over 50% reduction in frequency. Another 4% experienced reduced frequency of less than 50%, and only a single patient reported no reduction in migraine frequency as the result of neurofeedback. In contrast, of the control group which continued on traditional drug therapy, 68% of …

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5 Ways to Cut Stress and Increase Calm

These days, it’s hard to get away from all the stress that comes along with modern living. Here are a few tips to help you fend off stress and its negative effects. 1. Don’t forget to breathe. It seems so simple, but this is one of the most important first steps to slowing down and regaining a sense of balance. Try sitting up straight with your feet level on the floor and your hands resting gently in your lap. Breathe in deeply through your nose and feel your abdomen expand slowly. Sit with this practice for a few minutes at …

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ADHD: Neurofeedback as an Alternative to Meds

This research article evaluates the growing body of evidence that demonstrates how neurofeedback provides a robust alternative to pharmaceutical medications for treating ADHD. Today, ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed pediatric behavioral health disorder in the United States, and affects adults as well as children. Commissioned by the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR), the study notes that while medication and other types of behavioral therapy are approved and commonly used to treat ADHD, their long-term outcomes are relatively poor. In contrast, neurofeedback was found to be “twice as effective as the six other non-pharmacological ADHD treatments that were analyzed.” …

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Using Neurofeedback to Help Rape Survivors

This initiative by neurofeedback practitioner Lanny Fly aims to bring neurofeedback to the Congo. The African country has spent years in a brutal civil war, particularly in its eastern regions, which the UN has deemed “the rape capital of the world.” The trauma of rape has doubtless contributed to tremendous upsurge in anxiety, PTSD and other mental health conditions among survivors. Neurofeedback specialist Fly hopes to use the therapy to help these survivors cope with the trauma and restore a sense of self-worth and normalcy. In the words of Fly’s translator Lidia Hearing, who herself escaped violence in the Congo, …

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Adapting the Law to the Emerging Practice of Neurofeedback

The role of neurofeedback in the context of other medical therapies is growing fast. This article shows some of the legal considerations that must be addressed to ensure that the law keeps up with practice. In the words of leading neurofeedback practitioner Siegfried Othmer, “Neurofeedback cannot succeed as a fringe discipline, or even as a subset of alternative and complementary medicine.” One important issue to address is the notion of “unlicensed practitioners.” While there is a common misconception that some neurofeedback practitioners are not licensed, this is not the case — practicing the therapy without an appropriate license is prohibited …

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Could a Mind-Controlled Google App Help You Meditate?

Concentration and meditation was one of neurofeedback’s earliest applications. Newer technologies have sought to create smaller, lower-cost alternatives for users to access some of neurofeedback’s benefits at home. Now, an app for Google Glass seeks to make the benefits of neurofeedback wearable for seamless use. The app, developed by user experience company MindRDR, works by interacting with the Neurosky EEG biofeedback headband, allowing you to control the app simply by thinking commands. In a world where technology is often a source of constant distraction, the app hopes instead to help individuals improve their focus and concentration. To read more, click …

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Neuroscience’s Growing Role in the Courtroom

Neuroscience and psychology have long played an important role in legal proceedings. Whether used to determine culpability of a defendant or to identify likely motives, understanding how the mind works is essential in trial settings. To help jurists better understand new and fast-growing branches of neuroscience, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Dana Foundation recently hosted a conference designed to give a better understanding of these issues and how to apply them in courts. To read more, click here.

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World Peace Through “Brain-Hacking”?

This article in Forbes discusses ways in which video games may actually have the potential to help build empathy in individuals through their social components. It cites a recent study from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology to support this view. In this study, researchers used brain imaging (fMRI) techniques to examine neurological structures in individuals while they played violent video games. What they found was surprising — “there is considerable overlap between the circuits in the brain that process violence and the circuits that process empathy.” Discovery of this binary relationship may have fascinating implications for how we …

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The Brain Science Behind Human Bias

As our society continues to fight prejudice in the workplace, the concept of unconscious bias has become a hot topic of discussion. The idea that individuals may be unaware of certain prejudices they carry is, as the author states, perhaps the greatest “enemy of diversity.” The article discusses how Dr. Tara Swart, a neuroscientist who used her background to become a leadership coach, uses her knowledge of the human brain to help address the issue of bias — and you might be surprised by what exactly might be affecting your decisions. To read more, click here.

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