What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback in which individuals are trained to improve their brain function. Very sensitive sensors are used to detect brainwave activity, which is analyzed by a computer in real-time. The computer then presents sound and video information based on the brain's performance. Using this feedback, clients are able to learn to control their brains.
Who benefits from neurofeedback?
Research has demonstrated that neurofeedback is an effective intervention for ADHD and epilepsy. Promising ongoing research shows effectiveness for disorders such as autism, insomnia, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain. Neurofeedback training is also used to assist athletes and performance artists to remove obstacles to peak performance, and has been used to enhance learning and cognitive function in normal clients.
Does neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback is considered an experimental treatment. It has been used for more than 40 years, and well-designed research studies support claims of clients and providers that neurofeedback is highly effective. A comprehensive list of scientific research articles on neurofeedback is available from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research.