Brain activity in the form of brainwaves can be recorded by an Electro-Encephalic Graph (EEG) sensor. An EEG sensor only records activity from the brain and does not give out any impulse towards the brain. The frontal brain takes care of tasks like switching the brain on in order to pay attention, maintaining attention, and executive functioning. Executive functioning consists of getting tasks finished, time management, getting organized, and prioritizing. Different brainwaves represent different states of alertness of the brain. Some brainwaves are most prevalent when asleep, others when drowsy and others during focus.
How does neurofeedback increase attention and executive functioning?
There are different types of neurofeedback. Attention Tutoring’s AT Brain Exercise program is an adult educational approach that aims to support an increase in beta (attention) brainwaves, and suppress the theta (drowsiness) brainwaves. A neurofeedback sensor, or an EEG sensor, picks up beta (attention) brainwaves and theta (drowsy) brainwaves. As the participant looks at a screen he or she receives feedback on how he or she is paying attention to an exercise by following an animated figure or a graph. Over the lessons, this practice aims to help you switch on the brain, maintain attention and strengthen executive functioning.
Neurofeedback works through the thoroughly researched principal of brain plasticity. Brain plasticity is the ability of the brain to learn and alter its neural networks, in response to the environment. During Attention Tutoring lessons, the neurofeedback exercises train this learning. As the participant learns how to increase their beta waves and decrease their theta waves, they are reshaping their brain and learning through this phenomenon of brain plasticity.