Archive for the ‘Neurofeedback’ Category

Disposing of the Placebo Model of Neurofeedback, From Operant Conditioning to the Associative Learning Model

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019


Some academics still consider the placebo model of neurofeedback to be a hurdle to overcome. At this point I question whether to even take up this issue, because as far as we are concerned these people are beating a dead horse. It honors the question too greatly even to discuss it once again. The appearance of the paper last year titled “The Fallacy of Sham-Controlled Neurofeedback Trials 2018,” by Cannon, Pigott, and Trullinger shifts the balance of the argument because it rests on assumptions about neurofeedback that are themselves questionable. Taking up this topic then serves as a springboard to call the entire operant conditioning model of neurofeedback into question, and to propose the more inclusive model of associative learning. We navigate this labyrinth step by step.


Journey to India

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The Backstory

Nestled in a valley of the Himalayan Mountains in Northern India is a small Tibetan Colony called Bir, just 31 miles south of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India, the city of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in-exile. Bir is home to many Tibetans and several Buddhist Monasteries, but is also world-renowned for Paragliding. In November, 2018, Bir hosted the World Cup Qualifiers and was also a landing point for me and Virginia Rojas Albrieux, as we embarked upon a journey to support change in the Tibetan Children’s Village of Chauntra, neighboring Bir to the South.


Infra-Low Frequency Training for PTSD: A personal story

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

My name is Peter B. I have worked the past eight years as an Emergency Department staff nurse. About eighteen years ago, I was attacked by unknown assailants and struck in the head repeatedly with a telescoping steel baton. Showing what I now know to be signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and skull fracture (Battle’s sign, raccoon eyes, and a massively swollen occipital region of my skull), I lay in bed for a week recovering, and eventually returned to my life. This event was followed by a series of concussions over a period of a year and a half. Even prior to the attack, I had already been suffering from anxiety and PTSD.


A Veteran’s Story, told on Veteran’s Day before a large audience.

Monday, December 17th, 2018

First and foremost, thank you for this opportunity. I am here today to tell you my story.

In early Spring of 2005, I was enrolled in college of the Redwoods in the automotive program. I was struggling with things personally in my life. My grandmother had just passed and I had been trying to cope with her death by drinking all the time. Had a girlfriend and a year earlier my first child was born. But my life was in shambles. I was in my early 20’s and had no real direction in my life at that time.


A parent’s report: Asperger’s plus Lyme disease

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

My teenage son started Neurofeedback with Melissa Sklar in October of 2017 because of issues he was having with anxiety, depression, Asperger’s, and suicidal thoughts. He was having significant issues with functioning at school, and several doctors and psychologists were recommending that we try Neurofeedback to help deal with his various issues. My son has had various other interventions over his entire life that have each in their own way helped somewhat, including occupational therapy, high-dose supplementation, gluten-free diet, B-12 shots, psychotherapy, etc. But when he contracted Lyme disease about six years ago, everything changed. Almost immediately he started having suicidal thoughts, and talking about suicide has continued on and off over those 6 years (as we have not been able to kill the Lyme bacteria).


Bill Gates abandons search for the “Big Idea” in Education

Friday, September 28th, 2018

So reads the feature article in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 29. Unfortunately, he does not know about Infra-Low Frequency (ILF) Neurofeedback, because if he did, he would realize at once that this is what he has been looking for. As a software guy, he realizes that the brain is the singular entity in the universe that writes its own software—the software that supports its own function. This is a long-term bootstrapping operation. And since brain function is not gifted equally to everyone, it follows that some brains are better at writing their own software over the course of development than others. Are we compelled to live with that situation, as we have been doing forever, or can that process be aided?



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