Biofeedback and neurofeedback are technologies that provide a window into what is going on in the body and the mind. By using the information that these technologies provide, it is possible to enhance self-awareness and to affect basic functions once thought to be outside of personal control. These empowering technologies have documented benefits in treating a variety of physical and mental problems.
This YouTube video provides a brief explanation of biofeedback and neurofeedback and ends with an advertisement that illustrates devices that we use for assessment and training.
For formal definitions of biofeedback and neurofeedback, link to the site of The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research.
In addition to their role as therapeutic modalities, biofeedback and neurofeedback have historically been used to optimize functioning and as adjuncts to meditation. The relationship of meditation to these technologies, particularly neurofeedback, is explored in depth on Dr. McAllister’s blog, neuroshaping.net.