What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a specific application of biofeedback for visualizing and training the electrical activity of the brain, the electroencephalography(EEG). Through visualization of the EEG people learn to better self-regulate their brain activity according to the principles of operant conditioning. Neurofeedback equipment are non-pharmacological and non-invasive. It focuses on optimizing the brain, rather than suppressing symptoms, which is what medication does. With successful neurofeedback training, the medication that targets brain function can be reduced or no longer required.
Neurofeedback, sometimes referred to as EEG biofeedback, neurotherapy or cognitive enhancement, addresses brain dysregulation. To get a full physiological view and insight into mind-body interaction, true power lies in combining neurofeedback with other physiological signals, such as Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Skin Conductance (SC/GSR).
Research shows that neurofeedback, alone and combined with other behavioral therapies, is effective for treating several attention span related problems and sleep disorders. Please see this review from the International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (ISNR) for more information.