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Alpha Brain-wave Neurofeedback Training Reduces Psychopathology in a Cohort of Male and Female Canadian Aboriginals

 

The study was conducted to determine if alpha brain-wave neurofeedback training can have positive psychological results by reducing anxiety and other psychopathology.  It was discovered that Alpha brain-wave neurofeedback training daily for 7 days does have positive psychological results in adult male and female Canadian aboriginals as measured by data from four psychological tests on the participants.

 

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The Ultimate Peak Performers: 
Alpha Feedback Training for US Army Green Berets

 

Two 12-man teams of Green Berets participated in 7-days of intensive alpha brain wave training.  According to the POMS personality inventory both 12-man teams showed significant reductions in Depression/Dejection, Fatigue, Confusion/Bewilderment, Tension/Anxiety, and Anger/Hostility.  According to the CMS personality inventory both twelve man teams showed significant reductions in Sleepiness, Unhappiness, and Dizziness.  Increases in alpha activity were also correlated to decreases in Faking, Depression, Paranoia, Defensiveness, Mania, and Fatigue.    Increases in alpha activity were correlated with increases in intuition, inner directedness, self-actualizing values , spontaneity, self-regard, and self-acceptance.

 

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Creativity Increases in Scientists through Alpha EEG Feedback Training

 

A group of Stanford Research Institute scientists were tested on a variety of measures before and after alpha brain wave training.  The scientists in the experimental condition who were given alpha brain wave training experienced statistically significant increases in a standard measure of creativity.  The scientists also experienced a statistically significant decrease in subjective stress and physiological stress.

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Anxiety Change Through Electroencephalographic Alpha Feedback Seen Only in High Anxiety Subjects

 

Subjects who were either high or low in trait anxiety used alpha feedback to increase and to decrease their electroencephalographic alpha activity. The alpha changes were tightly linked to anxiety changes, but only in high anxiety subjects (for whom anxiety was reduced in proportion to alpha increases, and was increased in proportion to alpha suppression). Low trait-anxiety subjects were superior at both enhancement and suppression training, but their alpha changes were not related to anxiety changes.  These results suggest that long-term alpha feedback training (at least 5 hours) may be useful in anxiety therapy.

 

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Alpha EEG Feedback: Closer Parallel with Zen than with Yoga

 

Participants engaged in 7 days of alpha brain wave training.  A previous study measured the brain waves of beginners, intermediate, and advanced zen meditators.  The brain waves of the participants in the study were compared to the brain waves of zen meditators at each level of experience.  Brain wave patterns found only in Zen meditators with 21-40 years of meditation experience were found in participants after their 7 days of alpha brain wave training.  Zen meditation, Yogic meditation, and neurofeedback training are compared.  Neurofeedback is closer to Zen meditation than Yogic meditation.

 

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