Neurofeedback is routinely use to enhance performance at work and in sports. Athletes and executives train their brains to be sharper, more agile, quicker. To operate in “the zone.” Neurofeedback trains any brain – even the healthiest among us – to be more optimally functioning than it otherwise would be had it not trained.
Sports psychology has taught us that it isn’t just what you are physically capable of achieving that matters. Your mental state is equally as important and that is what’s vital to get to the next level. Optimizing focus and reducing stressors and others types of distractions are key to being in a relaxed and controlled mental state. When we achieve an optimal state of consciousness, we feel and perform at our best. Neurofeedback does precisely this. It hones our focus and clarity of mind and puts both body and brain in a calm yet alert state, helping us perform at our very best in athletics, at school and at work.
Success is found by being prepared. When you take a systems-thinking approach to your own biology, you can learn how to harness your brain and body to improve your own physiology and emotional and mental state.
Work professionals and athletes can benefit from using neurofeedback because peak performance training can reduce stress and anxiety, improve energy levels, improve sustained focus and improve consistency of performance. Neurofeedback therapy can also help athletes recover from injury, especially concussions. Additionally, people report mental clarity, a sense of control, little to no fear of failure, heightened intuition, appropriate reactions without having to think about them and an altered state of consciousness.
By Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D. and Sue Othmer
The EEG Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 10, 2016
A method of non-prescriptive neurofeedback is described that is based on the brain interacting with its own tonic slow cortical potential. In the absence of any explicit guidance by the clinician, the training depends entirely on the brain’s response to the unfolding signal. When this training is performed under optimal conditions in terms of placement and target frequency, there is a bias toward optimal functioning. The brain utilizes the information for its own benefit. The outcomes of the training are either comparable to or exceed expectations based on conventional EEG band-based neurofeedback. Results are shown for a cognitive skills test for an unselected clinical population.