You say one of the reasons NeurOptimal® is so safe is that it doesn’t influence any outcome. What does this mean?
Other neurofeedback systems have goals or outcomes they seek, usually determined in collaboration with the practitioner who is operating the equipment. To meet these goals the software will present you with tasks that you try to accomplish and when you get them right you get “points” in some way. Under the hood, the software is telling your brain to produce more of some frequencies and less of others — these are called augments and suppresses. The idea is that your brain can be pushed into learning to be more like a “normal” brain (a statistical average), and in so doing can heal itself. NeurOptimal® does not work in this way at all. This whole process has been “cut out” as it were. We do not view your brain as sick or well — in fact that is irrelevant to NeurOptimal®, which is a training and not a treatment at all. There are no pre-determined goals (such as getting well), and hence no augments or suppresses. In fact, there is no instruction given to your brain at all. It can do whatever it wants! The idea is to hold up that mirror and let your brain take it from there.
You say the brain is doing the work, not NeurOptimal®. Could it be that a brain is too disturbed or damaged to be able to benefit from NeurOptimal®?
At this point we have had a lot of experience with all kinds of brains, as you can imagine. We have yet to see a brain that cannot learn from NeurOptimal®. It does seem that every brain has within it an innate capacity to learn, and hence potentially to benefit from training with NeurOptimal®. Luckily it wouldn’t take you long to find out. We say within six sessions you should know if it is helping, and often it can be quicker than that.
You say many different types of people can work with NeurOptimal® for many different reasons and purposes. How can one program do that, especially when there are no settings to change? How can “one size fit all”?
An excellent question! How indeed, It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it. The answer is actually quite simple. Let’s go back to the analogy of the mirror. No matter who looks into it, the mirror can always be exactly the same mirror. But, every image is going to be different, and even the image of one person is going to be subtly changing, never the same one minute to the next. NeurOptimal® is “just” a mirror, but no matter how many sessions you run, you will never have the same session again. It’s impossible because NeurOptimal® is giving information to your brain about itself micro-second by micro-second, so it’s ever changing, and as the brain shifts in response to the information it is getting, the image being reflected back also changes slightly. It’s a dance between the person and their image. No two people are going to get the same information (see the same image) in the mirror, ever!