CSUSB showcases neurofeedback, a ground-breaking technique that challenges the brain to better function

     

Neurofeedback, a ground-breaking, non-evasive technique that can reduce or eliminate symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and other conditions, will be the focus of an open house at Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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An innovative program at Cal State San Bernardino that uses direct training of brain function, or neurofeedback, to treat a number of conditions will be the subject of an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The Institute for Research, Assessment and Professional Development in the university’s College of Education, will open its doors to the public on the use of neurofeedback, also known as cognitive rehabilitation, a powerful brain-based technique that has been successfully helping clients around the world for more than 30 years with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms.

The open house will be from 4-7 p.m. in room 120 in the university’s College of Education, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking is free at lot G.

Participants will have the opportunity to try out neurofeedback, said Connie McReynolds, a licensed psychologist and the director of the institute. McReynolds, who is professor of Rehabilitation Counseling who established the neurofeedback service in 2011.

“Neurofeedback works by training the brain to function at its maximum potential, which is similar to the way the body is exercised, toned and maintained,” said McReynolds. “The technology is safe and effective for children and adults ages 5 to 95. Users will be able to train their attention, decrease anxiety or depression, alleviate chronic pain and lesson behaviors that interfere with living your best life.”

The effectiveness of neurofeedback for adults and children with a wide variety of symptoms has been repeatedly concluded in numerous research studies, McReynolds said. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the efficacy of neurofeedback in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder raising it to a Level 1- Best Support.

Concentration, attention, and memory show significant improvement with neurofeedback. The treatment has wide appeal to students, university employees, faculty and the community at large, McReynolds said.

Some of the institute’s success stories include:

  • “Michael,” a military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, could not travel daily without the assistance of his wife; now he gets himself to and from his activities.
  • Jason” was being considered for ADHD medication and special classes; now he’s mainstreamed in school without medical intervention; and
  • “Emily” who reported that when she is in her classroom, she is able to stay more focused.  As she was doing exercises to train her brain and taking her ADD medication, she began to feel as if she was on “speed.” She has since stopped her medication for ADD and feels less hyperactive as a result.

“The institute’s trained clinicians have been able to help individuals make significant progress in enhancing their academic achievement, attention, concentration, memory, as well as reducing symptoms of limiting conditions,” McReynolds said. “Neurofeedback is also used to enhance peak performance in a variety of situations such as sports performance and work performance.”

For more information on the open house and the CSUSB Institute for Research, Assessment and Professional Development, contact Connie McReynolds at (909) 537-5453 or email cmcreyno@csusb.edu.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.