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L.A. Sports Teams Need Brain Training Makeover: Open Letter to City Mayor

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa: I’d like to report a crime. Our L.A. sports teams’ recent performance is so shameful, they should all be locked up for for public indecency. Let’s start with the dribblers - the Los Angeles Lakers – who were so bad earlier this season, they had to fire their coach. Unfortunately he wasn’t the one making all those bad shots and turnovers, so it didn’t help. The Clippers aren’t much better. They “lead” [...]

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Domino Effect: FDA Barriers To Neurofeedback Falling?

You know how these things work. Like dominoes, first one approval and then the next, and the next. We discover trust. Hans Berger began using the EEG (electroencephalogram) on people way back in 1924. Before women bobbed their hair and kissed on the first date. Berger wanted to take “pictures” of psychic phenomena. What did he see? Not ghosts. Hooked up to humans (it had only been used on animals before) the EEG recorded what happened in [...]

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Work It: 4 Ways Neurofeedback Turbocharges Job Performance

I learned a lot from my Russian roots. My genealogy is actually Scotch/Irish, but my Ph.D. work was in Russian Studies. Unlike Romance languages, Russian is a language "invented" by 19th century European linguists. The good news about that is Russian grammatical rules are logical - much like Latin. The bad news is, learning Russian is a lot like learning Latin. Back to my roots: Russian is heavily based in word roots. In fact, finding [...]

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Dear Beloved Neurofeedback Machine: You Complete Me

Dear NeurOptimal: How do I love thee? Let me count the neurons. But counting to a 100 billion wouldn't be very "optimal", now would it? So let's cut to the chase. It's true; I am not a cardiovascular organ. I merely automate one in my spare time. But if I "had" a heart, it would belong to you, NeurOptimal Neurofeedback. (more…)

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Neurofeedback for ADHD: AAP’s Biofeedback Report a Game Changer?

Neurofeedback and excitement aren't generally discussed in the same sentence. The professional neurofeedback community tends to be a pretty cerebral bunch (no pun intended) and mostly impervious to hyperbole. And clients/end-users generally turned to EEG biofeedback in the first place for stress reduction and calm - basically the opposite of excitement. But the American Academy of Pediatrics recent report that mentions biofeedback has caused quite the stir among growing legions of neurofeedback users and the cognitive cognoscenti. (more…)

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Brain Training: The Painless Resolution Solution for 2013

I'll just come out and say it: I suck at basketball. I mean, when I shoot, bricklayers run for cover. I'm lucky if the ball gets within the same zip code as that orange rim-thing it's designed to go through.  My eight year old is Kobe Bryant by comparison. Basketball baffles me. On any given day, I'll be “doing well” if I hit 10% of my shots. 10% probability of success is not a good [...]

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5 Top Holiday Gifts To Give The Ones You Love AKA Neurofeedback Noel

I must have been an etymologist in a past life. I actually perk up when my search engine finds: "the history and origins of words". I'm particularly fascinated with how words change and evolve over time. And since we're well into the holiday season, I absolutely must deconstruct a particular word's progression. Remember when "gifted" used to refer to someone with a talent or exceptional cognitive ability? Now it appears that word has experienced [...]

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Banking on Neurofeedback: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Pay Attention

"Pay attention". It's one of those Anglo-isms I find intriguing.  Intuitively, you'd think it would be "give" attention or "have" attention, right? But upon closer examination, the very idea of "paying attention" reveals something deeper about the complex inner workings of our brains. Seems to me that, when it comes to neural focus, the bottom line is literally the bottom line: you have to "pay out" neural resources to retain important information. (more…)

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