Neurofeedback provides an innovative tool to improve functioning of the brain’s prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the “executive” brain and its functioning is extremely important to communication between brain areas. It is also the area that is most responsible for controlling our emotions. When the prefrontal cortex is engaged, one can regulate attention, inhibit unwanted behavior, monitor one’s responses, plan and organize action (executive functioning).
Dr. Tyrrell Baker provides counseling, biofeedback, and education on how to activate this brain area. Neurofeedback includes use of computer-assisted technology which helps one know when this brain area is activated. The method is non-invasive, there are no electrodes and nothing is being done to the brain. The method involves a brain task while watching a movie on a laptop. A simple headband measures heat from your forehead (prefrontal area). The program provides feedback to you on when heat is increasing or decreasing in this area of the brain. Doing the task reliably produces increased blood flow in the prefrontal cortex.
Neurofeedback allows the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems work together more easily. The ability to move between brain states increases. The ability to pause, observe, and flexibly choose one’s responses increases. This can assist with how we respond to stress and result in decreases in anxiety, depression, anger, irritability, and impulsivity. Neurofeedback allows anxiety to decrease and openness to our own experience to increase. It helps people observe themselves in the moment and make changes to their automatic habits and become unstuck. Given these effects, it is an extremely useful tool for enhancing outcomes of ‘talk therapy’ as it allows one’s brain to process things differently in ways that ‘talk therapy’ does not always produce. When the prefrontal cortex is working well, the brain can regulate itself better leading to positive changes in many areas of life.
Dr. Tyrrell Baker is trained in the HEG pIR methodology of neurofeedback developed by Dr. Jeffrey Carmen in Manlius, NY. Here are some links to more information about pIR HEG neurofeedback.
Also, the following article showcases this technological innovation and the use of it in Dr. Tyrrell Baker’s clinical practice.
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