This report provides practical information regarding the use of EEG biofeedback ("neurofeedback") for a variety of uses. It will survey some ofthe major issues, approaches and methods that are currently in use, and describe their overall benefits and limitations. This should help the user or practitioner to evaluate and select neurofeedback instruments, and to put them to use for the needs at hand.
There are a variety of approaches to EEG biofeedback, and several major schools of thought and practice. These approaches and schools are also represented in the ways vendors approach the user population, and how products are designed and positioned i n the marketplace. One factor that distinguishes the BrainMaster system is the fact that it attempts to address most or all possible approaches, and does not limit the user to any one philosophy or method. This flexibility gives the user exceptional freedom to set up protocols and configurations, but also demands somewhat more understanding and direction on the part of the user when compared to other, more limited, designs.
Because much of the direction and history of EEG biofeedback has been established by vendors and individual users as well as through systematic research, certain products and practitioners may be used as examples of the major directions and methodological approaches. These may be cited and described here, despite a possible shortage of specific published material that can be cited as reference material. The absence of peer-reviewed publications is of particular concern in this area, and it is hoped that many of the devices and methods reported here will become the subject of more systematic study in the future. This should help to remove the overtones of personal opinions and preferences, and replace them with the results of objective findings.
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