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Neurofeedback improves foreign language learning

When people learn foreign languages, it is often difficult for them to discriminate and learn sounds that do not exist in their native language. Speech sounds are a part of language-specific memories that develop categories relevant to one’s native language during childhood. Some sounds, such as “L” and “R” in English, may have two separate speech sound categories. The same “L” and “R” sounds in Japanese, however, fall within the same speech category. Therefore, it can be difficult for native Japanese speakers to differentiate similar sounding words with differences involving L’s and R’s. This auditory discrimination has shown to be …

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Neurofeedback for Migraines

Anyone who has ever suffered from a migraine knows that the pain — and other associated symptoms — of this disease can be completely debilitating. This article from USA Today includes neurofeedback as one possible treatment. By teaching individuals to make subtle physical changes, such as relaxing particular muscle groups and reducing overall tension, as well as helping to calm the mind and reduce stress, the therapy can offer hope to individuals struggling with these headaches. To read more, click here.

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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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Helpful Tips to Decrease Procrastination

Research has consistently shown that our own thought patterns can have a profound impact on our behavior. A study by Dr. Erik Peper and colleagues looked at the way in which many people tend to respond to their own habits of procrastination: by beating themselves up. They found something interesting: while it is common for those who procrastinate to chastise themselves for their lack of productivity, usually assuming this will help them to correct the behavior in the future, the research shows that this actually makes the issue worse. As the researchers state in the article, “When we procrastinate or blame …

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How Neurofeedback Works for Peak Performance

Neurofeedback has been widely used to help treat mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD and more. But even people without specific mental health concerns can benefit from the treatment’s ability to boost focus and create a sense of calm wellbeing. This article from the Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at how athletes are using it to achieve peak performance in their chosen sport. Neurofeedback isn’t just useful for athletes’ peak performance, though — it has been used by business leaders, artists, and just about anyone who wants to improve their focus and calm, even under stress. …

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Video: Neurofeedback for Peak Performance

This is a fantastic video resource from EEGInfo.com. Most people already know that neurofeedback is a great option for helping individuals cope with ADHD, autism, chronic pain and numerous other conditions. But even individuals without any of these conditions can benefit from neurofeedback to help them boost their focus and get “in the zone.” The video features the work of neurofeedback practitioners Rae Tattenbaum and Sue Othmer, who use the technology to help individuals learn techniques to find a state of relaxed alertness that contributes to optimal performance. Check out the video to learn more: For more videos, click here! …

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Using Neurofeedback to Enhance Athletic Performance

This study by Dr. Corydon Hammond, published in the Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology, explores how neurofeedback can be used to boost performance in athletes of various sports. By quieting and focusing the mind, neurofeedback helps athletes get “in the zone” more easily and stay there, even under immense pressure. In addition, the therapy can help to improve cognitive function after a mild head injury, or help athletes control their emotions in the middle of stressful events. Dr. Hammond also believes the therapy has tremendous untapped potential to help improve physical balance in sports where it is …

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Can Neurofeedback Fight Muscle Tension?

Low-level muscle tension on a chronic basis is a problem faced by millions. Named dysponesis, this form of covert muscle tension over time can contribute to chronic pain, headaches, exhaustion and difficulty relaxing. This problem is especially prevalent among those who use computers for long periods of time, who may become so absorbed in their task that they are unaware of poor posture or tension affecting their neck, back and shoulders, or may simply be unaware of the tension due to a lack of physical awareness. In this study, researchers used neurofeedback to help participants identify feelings of tension and …

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Trauma Survivors Find Fresh Hope in Neurofeedback

This article explores the benefits of neurofeedback for trauma survivors and individuals with PTSD. Neurofeedback has come a long way since its early days, when a curious German scientist first explored the concept of using technology to read brain waves in the aftermath of World War I. New research suggests that by using neurofeedback, trauma survivors can regain control of the negative symptoms associated with PTSD, such as hyperarousal (feeling threatened even in the absence of an actual threat), OCD, and more. By helping individuals essentially recalibrate the brain networks involved in emotions and cognition, neurofeedback helps PTSD sufferers find …

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Neurofeedback: Treating the Cause, Not the Symptoms

If you ask someone whether they’ve heard of Prozac, they are more than likely to say yes — yet if you ask someone about neurofeedback, most people aren’t quite as familiar. Neurofeedback has been shown to treat numerous mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and more. Even if you just want to boost your mental performance or focus, it has helped many people to reduce “clutter” in their minds and discover strategies for accessing a state of calmer, more focused awareness. More and more research continues to support neurofeedback’s role in helping individuals treat their mental health …

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