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1 Alan Bachers, Ph.D. Neurofeedback Foundation 34 South Main Street Chagrin Falls, OH

2 NEUROFEEDBACK Brain wave activity Controlled by the individual To promote Class Four Space

3 NEUROFEEDBACK A training system in which brain wave activity, obtained by sensors on the scalp, is presented to an individual as a video display. A training system in which brain wave activity, obtained by sensors on the scalp, is presented to an individual as a video display. When brain activity moves toward patterns of improved self-regulation, the display (often a video game) advances, slowing or stopping as brain activity regresses. When brain activity moves toward patterns of improved self-regulation, the display (often a video game) advances, slowing or stopping as brain activity regresses.

4 Well described patterns of optimal brain function are cultivated over sessions, accompanied by automatic diminution or elimination of pathology as the brain orchestrates its own improvements. Well described patterns of optimal brain function are cultivated over sessions, accompanied by automatic diminution or elimination of pathology as the brain orchestrates its own improvements. Results are at least long-lasting, often permanent, and continue to advance after training. Results are at least long-lasting, often permanent, and continue to advance after training.

5 Pathology or Disease Computationally Reducible abnormal firing patterns of brainwaves diagnose known disease states – epilepsy, depression, ADHD, brain injury, etc. Computationally Reducible abnormal firing patterns of brainwaves diagnose known disease states – epilepsy, depression, ADHD, brain injury, etc. Attractor spaces of disease originate through genetics, environmental, or experiential causes, occupy 16% of our Gross Domestic Product, and can be seen as Class 1,2,3 states. Attractor spaces of disease originate through genetics, environmental, or experiential causes, occupy 16% of our Gross Domestic Product, and can be seen as Class 1,2,3 states.

6 Pathology (cont.) Class 1,2,3 states – Class 1,2,3 states – 1. Die out (or host dies); 1. Die out (or host dies); 2. Endlessly repeat; 2. Endlessly repeat; 3. Form patterns within patterns. 3. Form patterns within patterns. These stand still, can be manipulated, numbers for which are standard Old Kind of Science. These stand still, can be manipulated, numbers for which are standard Old Kind of Science.

7 Some Class 1,2,3 applications of neurofeedback Alcoholism/addiction Alcoholism/addiction Anxiety/panic Anxiety/panic Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Attachment disorder Attachment disorder Autism Autism Brain injury Brain injury Depression Depression Epilepsy Epilepsy Parkinsons disease Parkinsons disease Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

8 While the field struggles to establish its scientific credibility in the disease model, those [Class 1,2 3] applications will become trivial as far more compelling results emerge in all areas of maximizing human capacities.

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11 Producing Class Four Space Central nervous system (CNS) in a loop with itself in NF training gets to observe the initial condition of pathologic variation, which, if sufficiently large, interrupts feedback. Central nervous system (CNS) in a loop with itself in NF training gets to observe the initial condition of pathologic variation, which, if sufficiently large, interrupts feedback. Shifting attention to restart feedback terminates capture by pathologic attractor, creates new iteration, free of that particular attractor. Shifting attention to restart feedback terminates capture by pathologic attractor, creates new iteration, free of that particular attractor.

12 Class Four Space (Cont.) Each return to an initial, attractor free state, increases the likelihood and ease of repeating that fresh start the next time an attractor space threatens to topple me into my pathologic history of class 1,2,3 vortices. Each return to an initial, attractor free state, increases the likelihood and ease of repeating that fresh start the next time an attractor space threatens to topple me into my pathologic history of class 1,2,3 vortices. In each neurofeedback session, hundreds, or even thousands of these new iterations eventually make the creation of class four, pathologic attractor free space, the default state of every day life. In each neurofeedback session, hundreds, or even thousands of these new iterations eventually make the creation of class four, pathologic attractor free space, the default state of every day life.

13 Class 4 EEG Space, Defined Maintenance of mean-of-the-median within 16 frequency spaces >80% of the time. Maintenance of mean-of-the-median within 16 frequency spaces >80% of the time. Continual tightening of criteria at comfort level increases flexibility and resilience of CNS, Continual tightening of criteria at comfort level increases flexibility and resilience of CNS, Flexibility and resilience of CNS increases, lessening wobble and capture by Class 1,2,3 pathologic attractor spaces. Flexibility and resilience of CNS increases, lessening wobble and capture by Class 1,2,3 pathologic attractor spaces.

14 Hey, this is like Im defragging my brain. Client quote

15 Consequences of Cultivating Class Four EEG State Pathology drops out; Pathology drops out; Others comment on changes they observe; Others comment on changes they observe; Things that were difficult become easier; Things that were difficult become easier; Interest in what is good for me increases; Interest in what is good for me increases; Interest in what is not good for me wanes; Interest in what is not good for me wanes; Instances of peak performance become more common; Instances of peak performance become more common; Present and future orientation replaces focus on the past. Present and future orientation replaces focus on the past.

16 Profound Consequences of Class Four EEG States Recontextification of past trauma; Recontextification of past trauma; Transformations in intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual life; Transformations in intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual life; Psychotherapy through the rear view mirror; Psychotherapy through the rear view mirror; Major life achievements accomplished; Major life achievements accomplished; Breakthroughs into highest order of functioning. Breakthroughs into highest order of functioning.

17 Class Four EEG Space Exhibits Computational Irreducibility CNS takes off when and where we cant look from perspectives of class 1,2,3 tools; CNS takes off when and where we cant look from perspectives of class 1,2,3 tools; Changes manifest as unintended and unexpected far-ranging improvements; Changes manifest as unintended and unexpected far-ranging improvements; Return from CFS brings dissolution or elimination of Class 1,2,3 pathologic attractor space; Return from CFS brings dissolution or elimination of Class 1,2,3 pathologic attractor space;

18 Class Four EEG Space Exhibits Computational Equivalence Across all subjects (universal), outcomes remain idiosyncratic, and, beyond Class 1,2,3 predictions, undecidable in any individual. Across all subjects (universal), outcomes remain idiosyncratic, and, beyond Class 1,2,3 predictions, undecidable in any individual.

19 The well prepared brain Having had enough preparation such that peak performances are relatively common; Having had enough preparation such that peak performances are relatively common; Having had enough [trauma, abuse, pain, maltreatment] and ready to change; Having had enough [trauma, abuse, pain, maltreatment] and ready to change; Merely curious, willing to explore. Merely curious, willing to explore.

20 Many people who show up to do neurofeedback can expect to see about a two standard deviation improvement on just about anything they care to measure.

21 Resources Search word: neurofeedback Search word: neurofeedback International Society of Neuronal Regulation International Society of Neuronal Regulation presenter article - presenter article

22 Alan Bachers, Ph.D. Neurofeedback Foundation 34 South Main Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio


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