Research Based Brain Training
Ed Geraty LCSW-C, LICSW
Why Meditation Practice and Neurofeedback?
Many people in Western societies express an interest and motivation to meditate. However, for many it can often be quite difficult to maintain a disciplined and/or regular practice, for various reasons, ranging from a lack of time to general laziness. Technology assisted programs such as neurofeedback help individuals develop their meditation practice more rapidly. Methods such as neurofeedback incorporate real-time feedback of electro-encephalography (EEG) activity to teach self-regulation, and may be potentially used as an aid for meditation.
Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback, which teaches self-control of brain functions to individuals by measuring brain waves and providing a feedback signal. Neurofeedback usually provides audio and/or video feedback. Positive or negative feedback is produced for desirable or undesirable brain activities, respectively. During this process, the individual becomes aware of the changes occurring during training and will be able to assess his/her progress in order to achieve optimum performance. For instance, the subject tries to improve the brain patterns based on the changes that occur in the sound or image.
Two Neurofeedback technology processes to explore