What does Neurofeedback Training involve?
The aim of neurofeedback training is to teach a person to be able to activate the concentration centres in the frontal lobes of their brain, at will. In order to do this, a headband is applied to the client's forehead and monitors the change in blood flow as they learn to activate these areas. They do this by focusing on a DVD which is played on the system. As long as the client is able to maintain the activation of their concentration, blood flow to the area increases, monitored by the headband, and the DVD continues to play. The moment that the client loses their focus, the activation of the brain drops, blood flow in the area reduces and the headband automatically pauses the DVD. This creates the feedback loop which alerts the client to the fact that they are no longer concentrating. Only once they have re-engaged their focus will the headband allow the DVD to resume. Over time, the brain learns the new pattern of concentration and focus and will tend to default to this activation as soon as it is required. Through the practice and repetition built into our training protocols, it also builds stamina. Ultimately, we become able to engage more fully in cognitive activities, to resist distraction and to maintain our focus for longer.