What can a Brain Map tell us?
Neurofeedback London uses proprietary software, developed by founders of the field and the most advanced method of analysis. Where a client presents with a medical diagnosis, we rely on referral from and close collaboration with the respective medical professional. Neurofeedback London-Brighton does not provide diagnosis nor medical interventions nor medical advice and is not medically trained. By engaging in neurotherapy, you confirm that you have sought medical advice and are keeping your relevant medical professional informed of therapy progress
Brain maps show us the level of maturity and integration of the important brain areas and neural hubs which underpin the networks activated over the spectrum of our physiological activity. These processes are largely preconscious, so we learn about how we are ‘wired’, before conscious energy comes into play.
Ideally, we would like these all to work together smoothly, thus enabling us to live in the moment and use our conscious thoughts efficiently. Once identified, we can train brain areas with neurofeedback training.
Important strengths and vulnerabilities of personality and behaviour that can be identified with a brain map include:
– Sensory Integration: The speed with which we sample our environment is measured by our resting alpha, the dominant rhythm when the brain is in self-referential activity, with minimal sensory input. We would like this rhythm to be consistent across brain areas and at a level that enables us to optimally synchronize with our environment
– Perception of Self and Others: Dysrhythmia in the brain areas responsible for our sense of self and appreciation of others can lead to anxiety, anger and frustration.
– Egocentricity and Relational Thinking: Our sense of balance for how we fit into our external world can become skewed through extensive isolation, lack of social integration (and socialising), and other trauma. This can make us overly sensitive to external stimuli, and over-priming our instinct and environment diminish our true sense of agency, which can result in anxiety and depression among other
– Sleep: Quality of and ability to fall asleep are a function of two major neural hubs, which are also responsible for our feelings of safety and nurture, fairness and sharing
– Motivation and Reward: Our ability to monitor the consequences of our actions, as well as to self-soothe and re-direct goal-oriented behavior is governed by distinct sites and networks
– Focus and Organisation: Task-switching, impulsivity, attention, internal organisation
– Stress Response: Identification of trauma, and response to verbal, emotional and social stimuli
– Personal and Social Boundaries: Invasiveness vs. manipulation, tendencies for aggressiveness or self-harmful behaviour, self-esteem and frustration
– Developmental: Neuromarkers for autism, schizophrenia, ADHD, depression (and bipolar disorder), and many other pathologies and disorders
– Lateral and Integrative Imbalances: Differences between homologues (contralateral sites), and between state-dependent performance indicators show us how a person responds to new versus familiar environments, and how their public persona relates to their private, personal life
What will a Brain Map do for Me?
A brain map provides a guide to traits, strengths and vulnerabilities. We can work on these in many ways, including neurofeedback training. It can also be useful for us to be aware of these attributes, bearing in mind that with a brain map, we see how we are preconsciously ‘wired’.
It might show us for which aspects we are having to use conscious energy to overcome inefficiencies or undesirable tendencies.
Ideally, we would like to reduce such conscious effort to free up resources and live in the moment.
Neurofeedback enables us to train specific brain areas and improve their contribution.
A Brain Map provides the starting point for Personalised Brain Training, an advanced neurofeedback training method.
Contact Daniel on +44 (0)7966 699430 or email@example.com to arrange.
The Advantages of a qEEG Brain Map
Our Brain is the organ we last gained the ability to look into, despite it’s greatest importance. There are many methods to observe the brain’s activity in situ, and the arguably best method is qEEG:
– Quick and Easy: a comfortable cap is fitted with conducting gel, and three short three-minute readings, eyes open and then eyes closed, are recorded. The process usually takes 30-45 minutes from fitting to finish.
– Non-invasive: We are only concerned with signals sensed on the surface of the head and need not make any physical intervention apart from fitting the cap with discrete applications of a conductive gel that washes out easily.
– Informative: With proprietary analysis, we can determine which brain areas are contributing optimally, and which ones are over- or underconnected. This adds an additional dimension over many other methods.
– Trait vs. State: Again using proprietary analysis, we can trace underlying attributes – traits – that are of deeper concern than momentary observations of state.
– Reliable Guide to a Healthy Brain: Analysing results relative to a proprietary sample universe of high-functioning, motivated adults and children provides above-average guidance for optimal brain connectivity.
Brain Maps and Personalised Brain Training
The functional connectivity between various brain areas allows us to see vulnerabilities to character traits or behaviour patterns.
A brain map is an analysis of brain wave behaviour as measured by a qEEG recording. We record 20 minutes of the brain activities with a 19-sensor qEEG recorder. There is no stimulation, and contact between the sensors and the head is via an easily removable gel applied to specific points. From this recording, we can generate a brain map using Kaiser Neuromap software.
Neurofeedback training is a process where we give the brain feedback about its own activity at a particular cortical site in real time, via visual, auditory or tactile means. There is no direct stimulus to the brain and the sensors attached are for measurement of cortical EEG, or tiny electrical currents detectable on the surface of our head. This signal is then amplified and analysed by software in real-time, and this information is used to provide auditory and visual feedback to our brain.
With neurofeedback training, we can reduce stress, calm the mind and restore cortical functionality.
We take a holistic approach to healthy brain self-regulation, rather than categorisation or diagnosis. In our view, and experience, symptoms resolve when our system is balanced.
We use a movie of choice as the feedback mechanism – our conscious mind engages with the film, and feedback is delivered by small changes in volume or picture size. Our pre-conscious mind adapts its behaviour to preserve the more comfortable volume and picture size, and learning occurs.
Neurofeedback is evidence-based.
Neurofeedback training is safe, effective and non-invasive.
A qEEG recording takes about 45minutes for a 20 minute recording. We analyse the data with Kaiser Neuromap software which gives us a unique view into character traits and vulnerabilities. Findings are presented in a separate conversation. Note this is not diagnosis – issues found are necessary, but not sufficient conditions for a particular attribute and represent vulnerabilities.
We use a movie of choice as the feedback mechanism – our conscious mind engages with the film, and feedback is delivered by small changes in volume or picture size.
Our pre-conscious mind adapts its behaviour to preserve the more comfortable volume and picture size, and learning occurs.
Volume changes are slight, not stop-start, and the process is enjoyable.
A two hour training sessions allows us to do 90 minutes of neurofeedback. This captures an entire ultradian rhythm cycle and corresponds to the approximate duration of feature film movies. We can start with shorter sessions as appropriate, mainly with children.
Ideally, we do three or more sessions per week to start with. We would expect to see responsiveness within the first few sessions and remap after twenty hours or ten sessions. Generally, we would expect to doing forty hours or twenty sessions over two months, though this can vary.
We can also accommodate intensives, where we do two sessions per day over a number of days, and have had good results with these.
Why Brain Map with Neurofeedback London-Brighton?
Daniel Webster is a student of various founders of the field of neurofeedback, and uses advanced brain mapping technology. This method is the most advanced due to the experience and data gathered by scientists since inception of the field, and their proprietary analysis methodology.
This brain map method is unique due to its
– revelation of traits, rather than temporary states of mind
– database of functional, motivated minds used for reference, rather than averages of clinical populations
– insights into contribution and integration of brain areas, both intra-cortical and thalamo-cortical
– identification of neuromarkers
– differentiation between functional brain areas per the Brodmann Atlas, and insights into their higher-order functions
– tested reliability with over 3,000 brain maps
Daniel performs brain maps at the client’s premises to ensure a comfortable, familiar environment.
Phone +44 (0)7966699430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.