In 1960, Doctor Barry Sterman from the University of California, Los
Angeles (UCLA), was investigating brain activity during sleep using the
EEG (electroencephalogram), when by chance (as happens many times with
discoveries!) he discovered Neurofeedback
At that time, he was researching this using cats. Subsequently he was
able to experiment with patients experiencing convulsions and obtained
promising results, reducing the attacks by 60%.
In the seventies, Dr. Joel Lubar from the University of Tennessee, was
able to replicate various experiments of Dr. Sterman and observed a
significant reduction in the symptoms of hyperactivity as well as in
the epileptic crises of his patients. This was the starting point of
the investigation of Neurofeedback
and its applications (among others) in the field of ADHD (Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in which Dr. Lubar is a specialist.
Despite what is thought in Europe, there exists with reference to Neurofeedback
a wide-ranging bibliography which contains the multiple investigations
of American and Canadian scientists over the last four decades. By
clicking on the menu on the ISNR website (International Society for Neurofeedback and Research
one will have access to this bibliography.