qEEG Brain Mapping
Your unique brainwave pattern. Endless possibilities for optimization.
What is qEEG?
qEEG (quantitative EEG) is a set of complex analyses on brainwaves, a way to understand your habitual brain function. With qEEG, we look at brain maps for clues about what makes you uncomfortable or 'stuck', to target it for training.
The brainwaves are recorded using surface sensors embedded in a cap, which record the brain’s electrical patterns (EEG). While common brain imaging techniques such as MRI or CAT scans look at brain structure, EEG measures activity moment to moment. EEG is non-invasive and painless, similar to getting an EKG or wearing a heart monitor, only in our case we record from the brain.
We use qEEG to gain insight into the unique pattern of your brainwaves, to design your neurofeedback training program, and to track your progress across sessions. This analysis is conducted based on EEG data recorded during sessions.
qEEG Brain Mapping Technology
An example connectivity map in a network associated with anxiety
Often neurofeedback is conducted without brain mapping, by 'guessing' what the underlying affected function might be. By contrast, we complete a full brain map to ensure personalized assessments and training. While certain conditions create common abnormal patterns, each individual has a unique signature and very specific compensatory mechanisms. With qEEG, we track your progress with precision. We firmly believe this is the most effective way to train your brain. We do not use 'pre-packaged' neurofeedback systems or protocols.
The underlying technology we use was developed over decades by some of the world's leading neuroscience researchers and imaging specialists in collaboration with neurofeedback clinicians. Initially developed as a medical research tool by Dr. Robert Thatcher, and including methods used by neurofeedback pioneers, the technology is a major advance in the field of neurofeedback in the last decade.
Based on an FDA-registered qEEG database which has been clinically validated and supported by over a hundred thousand peer-reviewed publications, this powerful technology allows neurofeedback on deep brain areas and functions, not only on the surface frequencies. Specific parts of the brain called Brodmann areas can be targeted in tandem to generate cumulative effects in entire networks such as those responsible for anxiety, addiction, language, mood, attention, executive function, to name only a few. Combinations of targets are commonly used to train known circuits involved in autism, ADHD, schizophrenia, depression, tinnitus, and a host of other conditions. This type of neurofeedback is also known as 'Z-scored' because it compares in real time with a known stable or efficient function.
Will I get to see my brain maps?
We share the critical information during the initial assessment and also show you comparative maps of your progress. If you need to share the full dataset with other providers we can compile formal reports at additional cost.
qEEG brain mapping is a recognized research tool all over the world used to study brain function and disease. Here we use it for functional training of brain pathways.