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Neurofeedback for Cognitive performance

COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE

Applying the mind to any task can be challenging, especially with the sheer number of demands that our modern life can present. It is a known fact that the mind is always being shaped and reshaped by our life experience. Every new and unique demand in life, catalyzes structural change in the brain. The ability to learn something new, or form a new memory implies that the connections and function of the brain is always adjusting to meet our demands with more efficiency.


Concentration, mental clarity, memory retrieval, and even creativity, are some of the common features that are associated with cognitive performance. Either through the aging process, or from environmental or emotional stress, we can gradually lose the ability to apply the mind in a focused manner, and this loss can have major implications on home life, academic endeavors, professions, and overall life quality ratings. 

The most common feature of cognitive impairment is a mixture of symptoms collectively referred to as “brain fog”. Brain fog is a cluster of symptoms that include such complaints as slow thinking, difficulty focusing, confusion, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, and/or haziness in thought processes. The prevalence of brain fog complaints in the post-Covid world has become especially pronounced, due to the neuroinflammatory response that the virus is known to provoke. Trauma, whether physical or emotional, is another factor that can also contribute to brain fog characteristics.

The brain’s inability to perform well on cognitive tasks and demands, is frequently the outcome of specific dysregulations within, and between specific networks. These dysregulations are patterns of activity that the brain acquires over time, due to exposure to external or internal stresses. This brain activity can be measured by the unique electrical signals it emits. There are clinically valid brainwave patterns that are associated with the entire spectrum of cognitive performance features. One such marker of function is associated with the alpha brain wave (8-12Hz). The presence of alpha in the brain produces an idling and neutral activity of neuronal networks that are associated with relaxation, calmness, and even meditative states. It is known that particular features of alpha activity reflect the brain’s ability to efficiently process information and produce better memory consolidation and recall during cognitive tasks. Everything from ADHD, to migraines and seizures, have unique brain wave signatures that are measured by electrodes on the surface of the scalp.

How neurofeedback helps the brain perform better

Neurofeedback is an all natural, non-invasive, and non-pharmaceutical technique that helps improve brain function. Neurofeedback has reliable and clinically significant effects in improving broad regulatory and metabolic features of the brain which affect cognitive performance, emotional resilience, and stress management. Unlike conventional and non-specific techniques of combating cognitive decline, neurofeedback targets brain areas that are associated with the loss of specific function/s. The predominant influence that neurofeedback exerts comes from its progressive and iterative attendance to a series of sessions, which leverages the brain’s ability to adapt to repetitive demands. Schedule your free consultation today to find out how neurofeedback can help you improve your cognitive power and the benefit of a healthier brain.

Improve focus and concentration

Neurofeedback technology allows identification of "Brain Fog" markers

EEG (electroencephalography) is the measure of brain waves that different regions, traits, and states of the brain emit. When it comes to brain fog, there is a classical signature of electrical activity that is associated with the condition, which involves excesses of delta brain waves  throughout the brain. Delta brainwaves are known to be involved in deep sleep, as well as other metabolic functions that influence the health of brain tissue. Dysregulation of sleep is the key marker of dysfunctional delta wave activity, as well as the common symptom in everything from TBI (traumatic brain injury/concussion) to ADHD. The QEEG brain mapping process allows clinical level precision in identifying abnormal brain wave patterns that are associated with brain fog and poor cognitive performance. Read more here...

Delta brain waves range between 1-4(Hertz/Hz) which is the slowest of all brain waves, and are involved in biological and circulatory functions of the brain. Some neurofeedback protocols are designed to target brain wave patterns such as SMR (sensorimotor rhythm), which is known to have an influence on delta waves.

References:

  1.  https://www.ibna.org.il/userfiles/PDF-NF/n-in-healthy.pdf
    2.  https://oxfordrecoverycenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/NFB-Alzheimers.pdf
    3.  https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2020.562360/full

    4. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191204145752.htm

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