Enhancing Treatment for Memory

Our brains are amazing machines. Using a feedback control function to self-regulate, the brain is able to adapt and improve its own performance. But because it is difficult to give the brain direct feedback, this feedback mechanism is rarely used to its full ability level. This means that when the brain’s regulatory system misfires altogether, causing the mild to severe symptoms of conditions such as ADHD, the lack of the feedback means the brain doesn’t realize there is a problem. Just as it would be a struggle to drive a car without being able to see through a windscreen, or fly an aircraft without radar, without a correctly functioning feedback mechanism the brain’s control function can’t correct itself – it does not know how well it is working. So in simple terms, Neurofeedback is a tool to enhance brain regulation. It closes the loop and provides high-quality information to your brain’s control function, allowing the brain to self-regulate and learn how to work better.

How does the Neurofeedback technique work and is it safe?

Firstly, our treatments are completely safe. There is no surgery no medication and no side effects whatsoever. We measure brain activity by observing tiny electrical signals (known as brain waves) to assess how well the brain is performing. The technical name for this is electroencephalography, or EEG, but can be thought of simply as a kind of ‘stethoscope’ to see or listen to the brainwaves. Sophisticated computer technology assesses these raw brainwaves and that data is used to provide direct feedback to the brain on how well it is functioning, using video software. Clients can choose to ‘play’ these video games with the brain, or watch documentaries or music videos. For younger clients, a cuddly bear that vibrates can be used to give extra sensory feedback.

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