NeurOptimal®’s Unique Dynamical Neurofeedback

Dynamical Neurofeedback™ technology was originated and developed by Zengar and is unique to NeurOptimal®.

Instead of telling the brain what to do, by the practitioner setting the goals for that day, NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback™ takes advantage of the brain’s natural dynamical learning processes by giving the brain the information it needs to do the work itself. It’s like holding up a mirror to the brain so it can make its own adjustments. This gently, surely and powerfully enables the brain to function more efficiently. NeurOptimal® naturally maximizes the brain’s innate capabilities of self-regulation, resilience and flexibility.

NeurOptimal’s® Dynamical Neurofeedback™ technology is based on the co-creator Dr. Val Brown’s understanding of the non-local “holographic” way the brain functions as a rich interconnected neural net (and that’s putting it super-simply). This distinguishes NeurOptimal® from every other neurofeedback system, in some very important ways:

Brain Dynamics: The Brain Minds its Own Business

The brain is a non-linear, dynamical system that perceives information and adjusts to incoming stimuli in a dynamic dance of ongoing balance. As a result, the brain is inherently geared towards general (but not absolute) self-regulation based on incoming information. This is why NeurOptimal® provides the brain with the information it needs to do its job itself, rather than telling it what it needs to do, which is how traditional neurofeedback works. This is one reason we are so safe — because we are not pushing the brain towards an externally determined goal.

Process Variability

Most neurofeedback systems try to train the brain to produce more or less of something, based on norms in the population. But the brain exhibits Process Variability, in simple terms meaning it does NOT demonstrate absolute values for the “amount” of brain activity required for specific functions. Rather, this varies from person to person, determined by the task in which the person is engaged, the time of day, blood sugar levels, recent amount of rest and sleep, overall health, genetics and so on. So trying to train the brain to levels decided by an “expert” based on a diagnosis or on an evaluation, or on a test showing one moment in time maybe weeks earlier, or on symptoms experienced by the person during the week as is all done in traditional neurofeedback, is not, we believe, the way to go!

Functional Targeting

Instead, we utilize Functional Targeting, which is how NeurOptimal® provides the brain with the crucial information about itself (the mirror), that we have discussed before. There is a dynamic range of variability within different “Time-Frequency Envelopes” (see our Cartography of Conciousness HERE) that determines the optimal balance for each individual. NeurOptimal® dances with the brain where it is, micro-second by micro-second, allowing it to carry out its own re-organization. This can result in powerful changes that show up in all areas of your life. In contrast, traditional neurofeedback is more likely to be less effective while triggering unwanted side effects. This is because the brain’s “ideal” ongoing processes cannot be accurately determined through diagnosis or evaluation.


Given the above assumptions, NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback™ does not attempt to restore brain function to some presumed “average” or “best” level based on other people, such as comparing your brain to a database. Instead, NeurOptimal® provides YOUR central nervous system with accurate information about ITSELF which allows the brain to assemble its own, best organizing strategies moment by moment. Perfectly simple. Perfectly safe. Perfectly You.