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Learn about neurofeedback science Wednesday in Avon

AVON — Join Walking Mountains Science Center for “The Science Behind Neurofeedback” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Today’s headlines are full of “brain news” — from lawsuits in the NFL to the benefits of meditation, from foods that boost memory to word games that delay dementia. While science has long recognized the brain as central to everything we do, new research and technologies are allowing us to look at brains more closely than ever.

One exciting development is the application of brain biofeedback — or neurofeedback — to address issues that range from ADHD, Asperger syndrome and autism to anxiety, depression, learning disabilities and cognitive decline. This therapy is also being used in peak performance training with athletes, executives and others seeking personal growth.

Guest speaker Nicole McGuffin is the only board certified neurotherapist in Eagle County. She’s also a licensed psychotherapist with a master’s degree in counseling. She is the founder of Amazing Brains in Eagle, a center for nueurofeedback therapy where she works with children and adults to repattern brain waves to improve thinking, focus, memory, perception, behavior, mood and performance.

“A common denominator in many challenging life issues is the dysregulation of brain wave activity,” she said. “Through a QEEG study (an EEG for the brain), we can identify brain waves that move too fast or too slow and neural connections that are too close or too far apart.”

REGULATING BRAINWAVES

Based on this data, McGuffin and her team of experts design a treatment protocol that allows a client to regulate their own brain waves by watching them on a computer screen and receiving feedback and rewards when optimal brain wave activity is reached.

“Neurofeedback is like exercise for the brain,” she said. “It takes repeated practice and time to create new neural pathways, but the changes are lasting.”

Her talk will explore research by Pavlov, Skinner, Berger, Miller and Sternman, and you will learn how these researchers paved the way for neurofeedback treatment. How neural pathways work, how we measure them and how they look when certain issues are experienced will also be discussed along with the results of neurofeedback therapy and client case studies that detail the success of this non-invasive, natural treatment.

She will also demonstrate a live neurofeedback session.

The Science Behind class series highlights useful and fun skills that have underlying scientific principles. Each class provides a hands-on, interactive component with instruction from a local subject matter expert and a Walking Mountains educator. Classes are held once a month at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.


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The VailDaily Updated Feb 9, 2014 06:18PM Published Feb 9, 2014 06:18PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.