The Sailboat Logo®
Why did we create this little logo for the ADD Centre and the Biofeeedback Institute?
"YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE WIND
BUT YOU CAN ADJUST THE SAILS"
Systems Theory of Neural Synergy (L. Thompson, 2008, in press)The human nervous system is a dynamic network of interconnecting elements. It works to maintain homeostasis and equilibrium. Input to any element within the nervous system will produce change in the other elements. These elements are synergistic, they work together producing correlated action where the product is greater than the simple sum of the parts primarily involved. What does this mean for our Work? In our work we do neurofeedback (NFB) to normalize areas of the cortex often including the anterior cingulate. The reinforcement of a relaxed & calm, yet alert and concentrating, mental state is key to optimizing cognitive processing. We also use biofeedback (BFB) which provides sensory feedback to the brainstem from organs such as the heart. Heart rate is controlled by the sinoatrial node. An increase in vagal efferent tone inhibits the inherent high intrinsic rate of the sinoatrial node (pacemaker). Vagal afferents from the heart go to the nucleus solitaris which connects to other brain stem medullary nuclei, including the parabrachial nucleus and the locus coeruleus. These nuclei connect to the forebrain with links to the hypothalamus (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis), corpus striatum including the amygdala, diencephalon with thalamic connections to the insula, and the orbitofrontal and prefrontal cortical areas. All of these areas give feedback to, and are, to some extent, regulated by the anterior cingulate. Thus the importance of combining NFB with BFB: they work synergistically to help the client reach their optimal level of performance, one working top down and the other bottom up but with the effects of each reinforcing the other.
Improve: Attention, Focus, Organization and Learning through Brain Wave Analysis and Feedback!
Director: Dr. Lynda M. Thompson
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