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Counseling professors harness neurofeedback technology

It’s BrainMaster’s latest model, the Discovery 24E. And UNCG researchers are using it to put together a map of sorts — a roadmap, if you will, of a high-performing brain.

Only about two practitioners in the Greensboro area can provide similar services, and the cost of analysis and treatment sessions may prove prohibitive for many potential clients, says Dr. Scott Young, head of UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) within the School of Education.

Dr. Jane Myers and Young got the machine, software and training at no cost, in exchange for creating a normative database of “peak performers’” brain function.

“We were really excited because, as a field, counseling needs to move toward a biological measure of what we do,” Young says. Measuring brain function provides hard data for brain changes that are otherwise difficult to quantity.

Feedback from the Discovery unit can be harnessed to help clients retrain their brains for a variety of purposes, whether they want to overcome anxiety or drug addiction, improve their ability to focus or simply get a good night’s sleep.

The process is called neurofeedback.

Myers, who has neurofeedback certification, is supervising the brain-mapping project for CED. The goal is to provide BrainMaster with maps of at least 200 peak-performing brains. So far about 86 UNCG graduate students and faculty members have volunteered.

“We’re chipping away,” Young says.

Neurofeedback brain-mapping sessions are done in a small office in the Curry Building. Sessions are free but do require some paperwork and background information. For details, contact Wendy Mathes at cednfbstudy@gmail.com.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG News.