Our understanding of the neurofeedback process has evolved with a new appreciation of the different roles of reward and inhibit bands in exercising control mechanisms versus detecting out-of-control activity in the EEG. We are also led to a consideration of the relationship of bipolar training to phase and synchrony measurements, and its impact on stability of brain function.
Improving clinical outcomes with new neurofeedback training approaches have forced us to reconsider what we are asking the brain to do. A simple model of rewarding good (beta/SMR) brainwaves and inhibiting bad (theta) brainwaves does not predict or explain the benefits of rewarding frequencies from zero to thirty Hertz in different individuals, or the general benefit of rewarding and inhibiting overlapping frequency bands.
Sue Othmer is Clinical Director of the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, California. She has been involved in clinical research and the development of EEG biofeedback protocols since 1988. She teaches professional training courses in EEG biofeedback, and presents clinical research findings in professional forums.
Other Products by Sue Othmer
1) Reward And Inhibit Strategies: Recent Advances in Theory and Practice