Bryan F. Granelli, Ph.D. Psychologist
General Biofeedback & Neurofeedback
Biofeedback has been a useful tool for medical and mental health providers for over 20 years.
Peripheral (body) biofeedback can be used for specialized medical applications and it can be used to
rapidly teach deep relaxation. This practice utilizes peripheral Biofeedback as part of a stress
management program and to facilitate the establishment of a personal relaxation response.
Recently there has been an increased interest in the use of EEG neuro-feedback as a treatment
modality for a number of psychological conditions. A number of informed scientists and practitioners are
suggesting that the emergence of EEG Neurofeedback is one of the most important developments in
health care and education of our time. In particular biofeedback has been very promising in treating
ADHD and substance abuse.
This practice is using EEG neurofeedback in conjunction with more traditional psychotherapeutic
interventions. Many of the conditions being successful treated with Biofeedback involve underlying
problems with emotional regulation. EEG neurofeedback is a very safe option. When combined with
other interventions it has shown great promise. When medication is not an option either for medical or
philosophical reasons, EEG feedback is a clear option for ADHD treatment.
This practice uses EEG neuro-feedback ( modeled on the Peniston Protocols) in the treatment of
substance abuse. This is a highly effective technique for some individuals and have enabled them to be
clean and sober for long periods of time. I encourage you to find some of his original articles and read
them. The results he obtained and they have been replicated by others are amazing.
Many practitioners have found EEG Biofeedback to be so effective and widely applicable that it has
become the primary modality of their practice, adjunctive to almost all of the therapeutic and
educational strategies they use.
Neurofeedback has clear roles in peak performance in academic, artistic and physical performance areas.
There is a tremendous amount of information regarding biofeedback and EEG feedback. I would
encourage you to do a bit of research and if you are interested in biofeedback, please contact us. This
is a good article in Psychiatric Times on Neurofeedback.
In 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics recognized that Neurofeedback was a "Level 1
Intervention" That is the highest and best level.
Here is a link that describes that research
American Academey of Pediatrics evidence for Neurofeedback
beginning article is in Psychiatric Times
Bryan F. Granelli, Ph.D.
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EEG & Improved Performance
In the past, neurofeedback has been used in the treatment of many conditions such as depression,
epilepsy, sleep disorders, and chronic pain. In two recent experiments, however, neurofeedback was
used to improve the performances of music students at London’s Royal College of Music. In the first
experiment, a group of music students were divided into three groups. One was trained in sensorimotor
response (SMR) and beta1 neurofeedback protocols, typically used to increase attention, and
alpha/theta protocols, used to increase relaxation. The second group followed a regime of exercise and
mental training. Finally, a control group received no special training at all. In the second experiment, a
group of students was divided into 6 groups, each given a different type of training: alpha/theta
neurofeedback, beta1 neurofeedback, SMR neurofeedback, physical exercise, mental skills training, or a
group that engaged in Alexander Technique training. From the two experiments, the researchers found
that that the performances of the students who received alpha/theta neurofeedback training improved
between 13.5 and 17 percent, the most of any of the groups.
Neurofeedback is also being used to help athletes enhance their performance. It is based on the theory
that stress and negative thoughts can prevent an athlete from performing to his or her best ability. AC
Milan, the Italian soccer team, utilizes this technique regularly. On zero-gravity recliners in a quiet,
glassed-in training facility, they can watch their own brain waves move across a screen. When a
negative thought enters their minds, they can see the wave pattern abruptly change. The athletes are
taught to expel the thought from their minds and cause their brain waves to return to a calm and
neutral state. As a result, these athletes are being trained to remain focused and relaxed during games
and to keep out any negative thoughts that might distract them.
EEG neurofeedback has also proven effective in improving students’ scores on IQ tests and on formal
tests of attention. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee has conducted a series of research studies
in which subjects were divided into groups. One group received EEG neurofeedback and the other
group did not. The group that received neurofeedback showed improvements on the TOVA and the
WISC-R. The types of improvement shown by the neurofeedback group was equal to the effect of
common ADHD medication. The effects of the neurofeedback appeared to be rather long term.