15 September 2017 by Rachel Paling
In 40 minutes I have a date with my brain.
Strange to think that after all these years, me, myself and I, Rachel the body and person will meet Rachel the thinker and programmer and I am curious and inquisitive about what neurofeedback is, how it will feel and what thoughts and sensations it will trigger in my emotional brain.
I am meeting Thomas Feiner, the Director of the Institut für EEG-Neurofeedback in Munich and he will be hooking me up with one of those caps with electrodes to the scalp to listen in on my brainwave activity. This is then processed by computer, which interprets certain key brainwave frequencies. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG.
Our brain is constantly giving feedback to the rest of our body, but what gives feedback to the brain itself? Now, with Neurofeedback we have a way to actually give this feedback to the brain itself and there are now a lot of Neurofeedback Institutes and health institutes offering Neurofeedback as an opportunity to change our brain activity. As we get a personal insight into our brain´s activity, we can try to change the activity level and promote or diminish certain frequencies, as brainwave activity is “shaped” toward better and more regulated performance.
Today, I will get an insight into my brain activity and my brainwaves.
The first thing we will do, is to observe what happens to my brain during meditation. Since April this year, I have been meditating nearly every single day, sometimes for 1 or 2 hours a day, so I am curious what is happening in my brain, when in deep meditation.
Secondly, I would like to see what happens when I speak different languages. How is my brain when I speak English; Spanish; French; Italian or German. Will there be any manifested differences? Will it react the same for all the languages? Will there be reflections of enjoying speaking one language more than another? Signs of aggression when I speak a language? Slower or higher frequencies of brainwaves? Truly I am fascinated if there will be any visible differences.
I know I will be in good hands with Thomas and his team today, who is an Ergotherapist and a recognized instructor of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). I am also very much looking forward to seeing the Institute QEEG and promise to post some pictures later and also report back with another blog on how it went when Rachel met Rachel……