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Neurocore Leads the Field in Neurofeedback Training

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An intriguing article on the Patch.com website provided some insight into Neurocore and the history of brain-wave analysis and neurofeedback training. That history begins more than 200 years before Neurocore arrived on the scene.

In the late 1700’s an Italian scientist named Luigi Galvani fastened some recently detached frog legs to a metal fence during a lightning storm. The legs twitched when lightning struck the fence. Galvani thought the twitching was due to “animal electricity.” Volta guessed a bit closer, suspecting a connection between the saline tissue of the frog’s legs and the metal fence. Volta was right to suspect a current.

Galvani and Volta’s experiment would ultimately lead to the development of the EEG, or electroencephalogram. The EEG is used to detect various types of electrical brain wave activity. Two small disc-like electrodes are attached to the scalp to monitor brain activity. Today, EEG’s are used to detect various disorders such as epilepsy, stroke, depression, and many others.

The first report of the diagnostic use of an EEG was in 1929. The experimenter was one Hans Berger of the German university town of Jena. Berger’s motivation was his firm belief in mental telepathy. Berger would go on to coin the terms alpha wave and beta wave to describe the two types of brainwaves he discovered. Alphas are larger waves produced when the subject’s eyes are open. Betas are smaller waves that replace the alphas when the subject opens his eyes.

Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG) is a digital technique for analyzing electrical brain wave activity and comparing it to various cohorts. From early the early thirties until the sixties, EEG’s were analyzed graphically. Widespread computer analysis of EEG’s took off in the nineties when personal computers first became both powerful and relatively cheap. Since then, normative databases of brain activity have been created. Researchers use those databases as benchmarks when analyzing brain function, or lack thereof, in patients.

In the late 1960’s neurofeedback became a thing. Neurofeedback has since been used to treat epilepsy with success rates at times reaching 60-percent. NASA uses includes neurofeedback as part of its program to train astronauts.

Today, Neurocore offers qEEG treatment for clinical depression. Successes include an 84% reduction of depressive symptoms. And after treatment, 54% no longer displayed symptoms consistent with depression. Neurocore is also using qEEG to treat children with ADHD. Results mirror those described above for clinical depression.

Neurocore was founded in 2004. They focus on providing brain assessments that are data driven coupled with training programs for adults and children. They also offer something called HRV, or Heart Rate Variability training. It is a method that uses another form of biofeedback to help subjects to bring their breathing and heart rate under conscious control. This helps strengthen the mind-body connection. In just 14 years, Neurocore has become the nation’s leading authority on applications of neuroscience.