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Flood of Interest in NeurOptimal®‘s Unique Neurofeedback System

Southern California is currently in the throes of a serious drought. But on September 26th, there was an unexpected flood. The deluge came in the form of people: hyper-ambitious, self-improvement-types gathered from all over the world to sample the latest human performance technologies at The BulletProof Executive's "Biohacking Conference" in Pasadena, California. But of all the vendors offering superfoods, health-boosting tips and digital gadgetry, the brain training system offered by NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback generated perhaps the biggest buzz of the conference. Once word got out, the flood [...]

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Neurofeedback Training Lifts Crossfit Champ to Victory

Steve Hamming is a Mad Man. He works out every day. He adheres to a disciplined Paleo diet, free of processed sugars and high-fat foods. He is the fittest 55-59 year old man in American according to Crossfit. And that's just what he does for fun! In "real life", Steve is a professional psychotherapist who recently took up a business partnership with veteran NeurOptimal® neurofeedback trainer Molly Raaymakers in Western Michigan. And that's when [...]

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What is neurofeedback training “like”? Think of it as Netflix for Your Brain.

What is neurofeedback? Like exactly. Go ahead, log into Netflix. See there the rows of recommendations? That’s not magic: that’s an algorithm. Netflix “remembers” whatyou watched, how you rated past films, then correlates that data against your viewing habits.  A blink-of-an-eye search of the media database then produces “recommendations” based on your preferences. That’s why documentaries about hermetic hoarders never pop up on your screen - Netflix knows you’re not into that (who is?). [...]

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Accidents Will Happen: Neurofeedback and TBI

If you think about it, it’s clearly a serious design flaw. When is it a good idea to put something the consistency of flan in a hard shell, and then attach it to a fistful of bungie-cords. And what happens when this precarious design hits a wall? That’s the mess you’re in for when a person experiences a traumatic brain injury or TBI. The flan (brain) whips around on the end of the bungie-cord (neck) torqueing [...]

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No One is an Island: Brain Training and Family Systems

We’ve always known that life is a system, that humans live in social systems. Greeks personified bits of human personality, then used relationships between those bits as a way of understanding behavior. Why there were heroes and villains. Why some people were just regular guys, unmotivated by mythic forces. Medieval thinkers imagined a psychomachia, little people embodying virtues and vices, who battled literally, inside a person’s body. (more…)

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Defending Your Castle: Building Cognitive Reserve with Neurofeedback

So, three castles: the first is built of stone on the traditional model. Same slits for arrows, a little crenellation and a nice moat with ducks. A contingent of serfs and knights, sitting around eating turkey legs and repeating the jester’s jokes. Badly. Second castle’s really big, heavy with redundancies. Two moats, a couple of extra walls. Still on the traditional model, just more of everything.  Third castle? Same. Except it’s clearly cleverer. Someone’s [...]

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Neurofeedback for Autism: Brain Training Perspectives from Dr. Lise DeLong

Dr. Lise Delong is a Neuroptimal trainer based in Walnut Creek, California who has done ground-breaking research using neurofeeback for autism. As it stands, neurofeedback is one of the few effective natural remedies for ADHD and autism. Founder and Director of Cognitive Connections, she uses neurofeedback as a primary tool to help children struggling with ADD, ADHD, autism, Central Processing Disorder and other challenging neurological disorders. NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback sat down with Dr. DeLong recently to discuss the [...]

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NeurOptimal®‘s Neurofeedback Conference: An Award-Worthy Sequel

It's Oscar night. How many sequels do you see up for serious awards, you know: actor, director, best picture? The answer would be uh, zero. Why? Because it's very difficult to duplicate a vital, initial spark of creativity and the box office success that follows. Not because the good folks in Hollywood don't try, but at some point, expansion upon the same idea just isn't all that interesting, creative...or award-worthy. (more…)

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Acting More Like A Monk May Save You From Cognitive Impairment In Old Age

Who would have guessed that monks were keen cerebral strategists against aging and cognitive impairment?  As a way to keep their minds sharp amidst requisite isolation, medieval monks often stored memories in so called “memory-houses” they “built” inside their brains. They furnished each “room” with a kind of memory and when they wanted to retrieve it, they mentally walked themselves to the right room and got what they needed. In effect, they created about a [...]

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