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Neurogenesis

Empathy, Affection and Neurofeedback

There are few couples who haven’t heard or said something like this during an argument: “I’m not a mind reader.” This article from Scientific American discusses a fascinating study that suggest neurofeedback may hold a key toward helping couples communicate better. Researchers focused on the part of the brain associated with affiliative emotions — the “warm and fuzzy” (though not specifically romantic) emotions people feel for family members and close friends. By using the therapy to study the differences between complex social emotions such as affection, pride, tenderness, and more, and how these affected participants’ affiliative emotion levels, the researchers believe …

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Simple Tips to Manage Anxiety

Neurofeedback is fast emerging as an amazing way to treat anxiety without medication. But there are other steps you can take right now to ease your anxiety symptoms. This article from Psychology Today lists 22 quick tips to help you relax, starting right now! For people struggling with anxiety on a regular basis, neurofeedback as well as simply daily practices like these can go a long way. To read more, click here.

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More Support for Treating ADHD Using Neurofeedback

ADHD is a condition that currently affects millions of Americans. While it affects both children and adults, it is particularly prevalent among children. Neurofeedback uses technology to monitor brain activity in order to help patients discover positive brain patterns and train them to recreate them more regularly. While once considered controversial, neurofeedback continues to gain support within the medical community. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics rated the treatment as a Level 1 “Best Support” Intervention for ADHD, which is its highest available rating — putting neurofeedback on par with other widely accepted treatments such as behavioral therapy and medication! …

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What is Quantitative EEG?

This paper by Dr. David Kaiser gives a thorough overview of quantitative EEG (qEEG) and how it is used as part of neurofeedback therapy. The human brain is widely regarded as nature’s most resilient and adaptable structure, and by using qEEG to observe electrical patterns in the brain, we can identify positive patterns and train the brain to behave in optimal ways. According to the author, “the brain communicates to itself and with the body by means of these electrical changes and our emotions, perceptions, thoughts, and behaviors are the result of the totality of these electrical and chemical changes, although the exact …

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IQ Test Updates Based on Neurofeedback

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is an intelligence test individually administered to children between the ages of 6 and 16. It assesses a wide variety of cognitive abilities in order to compile an IQ score for each test-taker. This article proposes changes in the test based on using neurofeedback to treat learning disabilities in a private clinical setting. Researcher Michael Tansey, PhD, found that treatment with neurofeedback led to a significant reduction in learning disabilities and “normalized” performance in numerous areas on the WISC-R test. To read more, click here.

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Neurofeedback: A Fresh Approach for Prisons

This article on neurofeedback was written by a psychology class at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Vermont. The Community High School of Vermont program sponsoring the course provides opportunities for inmates to earn high school credit and complete diplomas. Students in this class learned about the benefits of neurofeedback from Rutland, VT-area neurofeedback specialist Dr. Sharrie Hanley, who explained how neurofeedback works to help individuals overcome a wide variety of mental health concerns, including issues that greatly affect the prison population, such as addiction, anxiety, anger management difficulties, and more. Students also noted that incorporating neurofeedback into rehabilitation …

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Neurofeedback and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a relatively common issue affecting approximately 1 in every 5 people today. Most associated with ringing in the ears, tinnitus is characterized by “hearing” sounds even when they’re not present, and can manifest as other types of sounds including roaring, buzzing, whistling, humming and more. While this is not a condition in and of itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem such as age-related hearing loss or ear injury, there is evidence to suggest that neurofeedback is an effective way for tinnitus sufferers to stop the ringing. This article contains some valuable biofeedback-based relaxation techniques designed …

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Join Neurogenesis’ Dr. Fasula for I RISE

Did you know that 1 in 4 women will experience sexual trauma at some point in her life? As part of National Sexual Assault Awareness month, join a team of artists, visionaries and leading trauma specialists for the I RISE Virtual Online Conference: an uplifting day of support, inspiration and resources for survivors of sexual trauma on Tuesday, April 29th. If you or anyone you know has experienced this, please join in this inspiring event (recorded also for anyone not available live) and invite friends and colleagues to join you. For a full conference program, list of speakers and registration, click …

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Using Neurofeedback to Treat Fibromyalgia

This study by researchers from Myosymmetries International, Inc. in Alberta, Canada, along with David Nelson from Oregon Health Sciences University, examined patients with fibromyalgia. Researchers focused on thirty patients who met the criteria for the disease, which causes pain and tenderness throughout the body’s muscles, joints, tendons, and other tissues, as well as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and depression. Participants in the study underwent neurofeedback until they noticed improvement in their moods, mental clarity, and ease of sleep. They also found that the treatments appeared to help pain go from vague all-over body aches to more localized aches that could …

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Neuroplasticity and the Brain

The ability of the brain to adapt to new situations and bounce back from trauma can be absolutely amazing. In the past, it has been widely believed that intelligence was more or less fixed, and that there was little individuals could do to increase their brain power. Science is increasingly finding that this is not the case — and that further study of this neuroplasticity could have tremendous implications not only for those simply wishing to boost their mental strength, but also for those healing from traumatic brain injuries. This article from Wired magazine tells the success story of one …

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