There are many misconceptions about neurofeedback and what it does (or doesn't do). Here are some of the common myths about neurofeedback.
Myth: Neurofeedback specialists can see what I'm thinking about or read my mind.
Fact: Neurofeedback specialists use computer software to look at brainwave activity. Our computer software cannot tell us what you are thinking about, nor can the software "manipulate" or "control" your mind. When the frequency of training is adjusted during sessions, it enables us to focus on different brainwave patterns. This leads to improved self-regulation, and it does not give us the ability to read your mind or put unwanted thoughts in your brain.
Myth: Neurofeedback feeds electricity into your brain.
Fact: During neurofeedback sessions, electrodes are applied to your scalp in order to monitor the electrical activity in your brain. Reputable universities and research labs use these same electrodes when conducting sleep studies. The electrodes are harmless and do not feed electricity into your brain.
Myth: Insurance companies don't cover neurofeedback.
Fact: Not all insurance companies are up-to-date on the latest neurofeedback research. As a result, some insurance companies will deny reimbursement for neurofeedback sessions depending on the diagnosis provided. San Diego Center for Neurofeedback will work with you to ensure you have the best possible chance of being reimbursed for neurofeedback sessions. Initial intake sessions are covered by insurance companies due to the different billing code that is used, so we encourage you to come meet us and learn more about how neurofeedback can benefit you!
Myth: Neurofeedback will work better or faster if you "try harder."
Fact: Your brain will do all of the work for you during neurofeedback sessions; therefore, there is nothing you can do to improve or speed up the process, other than remaining physically relaxed and attentive to what is happening on the television screen. We encourage clients to submit feedback via the symptom tracker within 24 hours of each session taking place; however, there is very little you can actually do during sessions in order to make your brain improve at a faster rate.
Myth: Selecting games is better than selecting movies (or vice versa).
Fact: During neurofeedback sessions, you will be offered the option of playing a game or watching a movie. Both options are equally effective, as the computer software will provide visual, auditory, and tactile feedback in both situations. We encourage clients to select the option that is more appealing to them, as this will enable you to remain attentive to what is happening on the television screen.
Stay tuned for "Myths about Neurofeedback (Part 2)"!