Sunday, June 14, 2009

Neurofeedback

Fun! - by Anne VisI just finished reading "A symphony in the brain" by Jim Robbins, a book that describes the history of neurofeedback. It is absolutely fascinating and inspiring to read. The stories in the world of science are so human and sometimes heartbreaking and it is quite miraculous how certain theories or methods eventually reach the mainstream public. The book reads like a detective and I had difficulty putting it down ...

Neurofeedback has a lot of different methodologies nowadays, I found at least five different ways in which neurofeedback is done (searching on the internet). Many of them are described in Robbins' book and all methods claim to have a huge percentage of success in an incredibly long list of diseases. Among the disorders neurofeedback works for are ADHD, depression, migraine, post traumatic stress disorder, trauma on the head and so forth ...
To me reason enough to explore it, as pharmaceuticals have so many side effects and do not really "cure" anything.

Last year I went to an introduction at the
Neurofeedback Institute (link is Dutch) in Amsterdam, where they work with a "standard" of a healthy EEG to which your EEG is compared. You then train to get a more "standard" EEG. Although this apparently works very well to heal certain disorders, it is not such an appealing thought to an artist ... who traditionally does not like to be compared to a "grey mouse" ... :-)
I don't know how this works in reality, most neurofeedback methods claim to increase creativity.

Next week there is an introduction to
another neurofeedback method in Amsterdam, which apparently works without diagnosis and then takes the existing EEG as starting point, after which the training is geared towards spreading the different frequencies more evenly on the brain.

Another neurofeedback technology I want to mention here is the
Lens system, which is relatively new and works a lot faster. It seems like it has not reached the Netherlands (yet) ...

To be continued ... :-)

Artwork:
Fun! - by Anne Vis.

3 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

There is a lot of potential in neurofeedback for sure.

Bob Johnson said...

Very cool Anne, never heard of this. I know a few people with chronic migraines, will definitely mention this to them.

ps, awesome image.

nobu said...

Very colorful image.
Do you image it, buturfly?