a wide ranging interview with Les and Susan, covering much of their work, Les's book, their approach to healing, their ideas about attention, about neurofeedback, about qEEG.
Podcast will be uploaded Sunday night, Feb 21, 2010
Les Fehmi and Susan Shore Fehmi
Les is Director and Susan is
executive Director of the Princeton Biofeedback Center LLC
Co-author of the book, the Open Focus Brain-- Harnessing the power of
attention to heal mind and body.
dissolving Pain, will hopefully be out this summer.
first national meeting of biofeedback researchers in 1968 in Aspen
COlorado, was the first president of the biofeedback society of New
Author of many publications in the field of biofeedback
Has been a Consultant to Veterans Admin, Massachusettes
General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and a researcher at NASA-AMES
STanford University, UCLA's brain research institute and Lockheed
He has developed and patented phase sensitive
EEG biofeedback instrumentation and training programs.
invited by the US olympic development committee to train "world class"
athletes in open focus and biofeedback and is also a consultant for
coach Bob Ward of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) and a certified specialist in
speed and explosion by the national association of speed and explosion.
Susan Shore Fehmi is a licensed social worker in New Jersey
and NY, recent recipient of the Joel Lubar award for
director of psychological services at the Behavioral Institute and
Clinic of Princeton, director of the biofeedback and stress management
clinic of ny city, a psychotherapist in private practice, adjuctant
faculty at Hunter College,
Notes from the interview below
If you enjoy this free Podcast, consider purchasing the following plenary or workshop recordings.
HOW THE BRAIN CODES INFORMATION SKU# AG-P-049
Futurehealth Plenary Talk by Les Fehmi
Early studies on information processing in the visual system have shown
that visual information is transmitted as a spatial, not a temporal,
code. Information travels toward the cortex as waves of synchronous
action potentials. The role of synchrony in transmission of various
kinds of information will be described. The role of synchrony in coding
information at the level of the nerve, and at higher levels of neural
organization, is crucial for controlling attention. Learning to
increase and decrease brain wave synchrony with neurofeedback provides a
skill set which is crucial to attentional flexibility and well being.
(Specifications: MP3, 20 mins)
Depth Presentation and Demonstration of How Coherence Training with
Couples and Groups Impacts Attentional Flexibility SKU#
Fehmi, Les and Susan B. Shor. Futurehealth Workshop
(Specifications: MP3, 4 hours)
Training: Synchrony or Not? SKU# AF-P-023
Fehmi, Les and Susan B. Shor. Futurehealth Plenary (Specifications:
MP3, 20 mins)
Potential of the Synchronous Brain; Synchrony Training for Individual
and Adults SKU# AE-W4-013
Fehmi, Les & Susan Schore. Futurehealth Workshop
(Specifications: MP3, 4 hours)
Brain synchrony leads to sense of
well being and integration. Brings about stronger feelings of union and
Hooking two people together and get them in synchrony--
feel synchrony, into-itness and harmony with their partner.
done a lot of couples work.
talks about different kinds of
what the beginning of NF is with the FEhmis.
use of open focus for pain, including anxiety
with ADD ADHD kids
in beginning, were reluctant to do open
focus or phase synchronous and did single channel
in time, found
that they were getting better results with whole head synchrony training
and now do that first.
golfer who suffered from the yips--
uncontrollable muscle twitches in the forearm-- just before the putter
his the ball, some twitches occur-- this is very bad for putting.
Focus, after a few hours, the yips were almost 100% gone. Also helped
his tennis playing.
Work with Dallas Cowboys conditioning
coach-- optimization of function strategies and protocols.
and explosion work
People who are drawn to
hierarchical, top, down, ... 48
"Everything boils down to attention. Attention is the most critical
behavior we engage in. "
personality from more formal to more .... 51:00
Role of qEEG in
their work-- no longer do it first.
They use a service for qEEG
Workshops-- individual and couples training-- for
practitioners and laymen.
Certification of trainers-- for
One theme has run through my work for the past 40 plus years-- a desire to play a role in waking people up, raising their consciousness and empowering them.
I was the organizer founder of the Winter Brain, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology and StoryCon Meetings and president of Futurehealth, Inc., with interests in Positive Psychology as well as being involved in the field of biofeedback/neurofeedback since 1972.
see my more detailed bio, reflecting my work in biofeedback, here.
In 2003 I founded www.OpEdNews.com , where I've written over 1800 articles and have published over 100,000 other people's writings, with the goal of raising people's consciousness in political and activist ways.