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I'm quite shocked that no thread already exhists for this topcic! Neurofeedback may be the most important breakthrough in mental health EVER!
Neurofeedback is quite simple. Electrodes are placed upon the cranium to detect different frequencies of brain waves. The data is represented on a computer screen in many creative ways to allow you to "excercise" your own, desired mental processes. For example: If, while hooked up to the machine, you are asked to remember the happiest day of your life the graph on the screen will look one way. If asked to remember the saddest day of your life, the graph will look a defferent way, etc. So... If you can train yourself to be more optimistic, confident, happier, you will in turn be healthier and more productive!
There are very few neurofeedback clinics around, but the price of neurofeedback gear is approaching affordable. Someday, everyone will have this stuff in there house.
interesting.. but how can you train yourself according to what it says on a graph? train yourself how exactly?
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Biofeedback with EEG? Good idea, except that it doesn't work. EEG waves are sum waves -the result of many simultanious added waves. The correlates of the same "though pattern" will look different every time, because the are added with the waves causes by other processes. To find a spesific correlate, you have to calculate the averages of about a hundred instances where it occurs (think about the same thing a hundred times, record each and count the averages out of that) So real-time feedback wouldn't work.
And even them, EEG only shows waves causes by activation of areas near the surface of the brain.
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