Neurofeedback began in 1970 when Dr. M. Barry Sterman, a professor at UCLA, began training animals to do a task and receive a reward based on making certain brain conditions. In the 46 years since Dr. Sterman’s first studies, there have literally been thousands of research articles about the process he first described. These articles demonstrate the positive impact of training the brain to re-regulate.
The method is also called EEG Biofeedback. It uses automatic conditioning to enable a person to learn to change the way the brain operates simply and easily. Think of it this way: you were not born with an automatic reflex to put your foot on the brake when another car suddenly pulls out in front of you. You were not born knowing how to play Mozart on the piano. In both cases, you practiced and learned the task. With neurofeedback, you learn to do a task by guiding your body and your brain to do the task at hand. Neurofeedback is training the brain to re-regulate itself as it was created to do. The training is automatic as the brain naturally moves toward regulation.