Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; it is biofeedback for the brain. Brainwaves are the electrical impulses produced as your brain cells communicate with one another. Brainwaves tell us a great deal about how you feel and function; your thought habits, stress levels, underlying mood, and overall brain function. Electrical signals generated in the brain can reflect your current mental state. We use EEG to measure this activity in real-time. Myndlift separates the raw brain activity into distinct brainwaves that may be associated with a particular mental state. For example, alpha brainwaves usually signify a relaxed state. Myndlift offers customized training plans. After an assessment, your neurofeedback expert will create an individualized plan given your current mental state and goals. For example up-training alpha and down-training high beta.
Train by playing specialized games or watching videos. When your brainwaves are in the target range, you will advance in the game or have a crisper viewing experience. This real-time monitoring and rewarding is known as operant conditioning. By training consistently over time, operant conditioning can retrain your brain activity, optimizing your mental state, with implications for improved focus, reduced anxiety, and more. By training consistently over time, operant conditioning can retrain your brain activity, optimizing your mental state, with implications for improved focus, reduced anxiety, and more. Brain labs and clinics have long employed EEG to measure brain activity for the purposes of assessing cognitive functions, sleep, and even to retrain the brain. EEG Electrodes are placed on precise areas of the scalp. This plays a significant role in giving meaning to the generated signals. To achieve the same placement flexibility and accuracy in interpreting the signals, Myndlift adds an external gold-cup electrode to the Muse headset.
During our neurofeedback training, the user is rewarded with positive visual and/or auditory feedback when specific brainwaves are in the target range. For example, in relaxation training, when brainwaves reflect a relaxed state, a rewarding sound is presented in real-time. This conditioning reinforces the desired state over time. The sounds and images tell you immediately when your brain approaches a more efficient place and when not. When the movie plays, it is because your brain is approaching the desired state. When the movie stops, it is because your brain is heading the other way. Much like physical exercises develop specific muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient position, the better it gets at it (see neuroplasticity). As with learning any new skill, it simply requires time and repetition.