Index >> Origins of Neurofeedback
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What Is

The NeurOptimal® Method


Our Brain


Healthy habits

What happens?

"Peak Performance"

Who can benefit?

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.