Science and technology have advanced, affording skilled clinicians to move into the future and objectively determine diagnoses. Norris Institute is keeping up with change. Diagnoses are traditionally made with subjective methods such as paper and pencil checklists or by time consuming trial and error methods based on medication effectiveness. We can do better.
What if you could "see" brain regions that are dysregulated? What if you could follow your progress in an objective manner? What if you could tell if treatment is working?
In addition to the above "surface" QEEG imaging abilities, we have acquired the LORETA system which allows functional brain mapping, i.e. viewing on a computer monitor brain activity in "real time". Based on comparisons of your neuroimaging results with a normative database we can estimate brain functioning at a deep cortical level and this assists diagnoses and guides treatment.
Furthermore, comprehensive neuropsychological testing by a board certified neuropsychologist supports the neuroimaging and further removes guesswork from diagnosis and treatment. This saves both money and time. What if you could minimize the trial and error time and possible disappointment with medications? Or better yet, what if you could reduce or eliminate your medications with neurofeedback?
Your brain is a learning machine. Proven methods of behavior management have not changed much since Pavlov and his dog(s)* . Neurofeedback training relies on psychology's basic concepts of reward and disinhibition. Neurofeedback is a process of procedural, implicit learning. This differs from explicit learning, the kind of learning you do when you are memorizing information from a book. With neurofeedback you learn by doing. We provide you the facility and equipment to train.
Unleash your brain's potential to learn with some of the most advanced technology available. Sensors "read" your brain activity, project it onto a computer screen, and via operant conditioning techniques built into our computer gaming software, you implicitly learn to regulate brain performance, much like you learn to ride a bike or play a musical instrument.
Norris Institute raises the bar on neurofeedback service. Full disclosure: you can get neurofeedback "anywhere" because it really is the "Wild West" out there. The field is growing so fast that regulators can't keep up. The mission at Norris Institute is to assist the consumer in distinguishing quality clinical intervention from "pop-up" clinics and their staff who have no training in functional neuroanatomy or neuropsychology. Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, Dr. Laura Jansons and her staff will make it a challenge to find another comprehensive program that matches our extensive clinical training and earned qualifications.
Did you know that if you learned deep breathing that you could reduce your anxiety? You probably did. Many people can write their own self-help books. You don't need us to tell you that. But, did you know you can sync your breathing to your heart rate, blood flow, skin temperature, and muscle tension and create a complete state of ease? Maybe not, and we can teach you these more advanced techniques. At the same time, knowing these things from an informative standpoint still does not show you HOW to do it or ensure that you WILL do it. That's our job. By using neurofeedback and biofeedback technology, you can learn to train and correct your physiological and neuronal responses.
The brain and body do not operate in a vacuum. We know better. Combining the physiological changes that come about from neurofeedback training with modern psychotherapy completes the package. Norris Institute is setting the pace.
*Factoid: Pavlov's dogs had names: Boy, Druzhok, Zolotisty, Sultan, Tygan, and Zhuchka.
We will provide testimonies, the latest research, and can make some really "wow" claims. An autistic child calls for his mother for the first time? Impressive. A hyperactive child can sit still through class? Are you kidding me? Can neurofeedback techniques really help? Yes they can, these are our clents. While we are realistic and forward about assessing efficacy in your situation, consider the following research.
"...research conducted on neurofeedback for ADHD concludes that it is both, "specific and effective"
"...80% reduction in panic attacks, improved cognitive functioning, reduced symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, significant decreases in addiction, medication use and relapse rates, marked improvement
in emotional and behavioral regulation and decreases in anxiety and depression."
"... 88% of 26 TBI patients with persistent post-traumatic symptoms had improved their EEG coherence
(neuronal network communication) scores by 50% and were then able to return
to previous employment."
"Early research on the use of neurofeedback for insomnia, found that it can significantly improve the neurological consequences associated with
"A study of musicians at London's Royal College of Music, using an extended creativity protocol, found a "17% increase" in ratings of musical performance including increases in musical understanding,
imagination and communication with the audience."
A study of college students found a "16.5% increase" in concentration and information processing and an "8.5% increase" in overall cognitive ability.
HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
"At 1-year follow-up, 54% of the neurofeedback group experienced complete cessation of migraines compared with no one in the medication treatment group. "
"Of the eight studies of anxiety that were reviewed, seven found positive changes. Another study (Passini, Watson, Dehnel, Herder, & Watkins, 1977) used only 10 hr of neurofeedback with anxious alcoholics and found very significant improvements in state and trait anxiety compared to a control group, with results sustained on 18-month follow-up."
A blinded, placebo-controlled study (Choi et al., 2011) demonstrated the superiority of neurofeedback over a placebo treatment in reducing depression while improving executive function.
"Coben found a 42% reduction in overall autistic symptoms, including a 55% decrease in social interaction deficits and improvements in communication and social interaction deficits of 55% and 52%, respectively."
"In the first 12 cases reported by Walker (Walker & Norman, 2006) after 30 to 35 sessions, all the children had improved at least two grade levels in reading ability"
"On 1-year follow-up, 77% of patients receiving neurofeedback remained sober versus only 44% of traditional treatment patients."
Our role is to facilitate your learning and provide a really awesome practice field. Importantly, though, we realize that the results really are up to you. We don't know hard you are willing to work and whether you will find a perfect fit at Norris Institute, but we know how to challenge you and provide the tools. The bases are loaded. Are you ready to make the change? Can we help you maximize your potential? Batter up!
Above: Screen shot of computer game used for training.
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