The Montreal, Canada Neuropsychology and Cognition Research Center performed a study in 2013 that is part of the U.S. National Institute of Health PubMed data base.
The study is titled, “Neurofeedback training induces changes in white and grey matter.” What does that mean? Here’s an explanation.
Neurofeedback changes the brain
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used before and after neurofeedback training. The study showed changes in both white matter and grey matter. Wikipedia offers a good definition of these key parts of the brain:
White matter is composed of bundles of myelinated nerve cell projections (or axons), which connect various grey matter areas (the locations of nerve cell bodies) of the brain to each other, and carry nerve impulses between neurons. Myelin acts as an insulator, increasing the speed of transmission of all nerve signals.
The more myelin, the faster the connections work.
The study measured the subjects’ ability to pay attention The MRI data showed corresponding changes in the grey and white matter of the subjects’ brains.
The researchers say, “…our study constitutes the first empirical demonstration that NFT [neurofeedback training] can lead to microstructural changes in white and gray matter.”
This matches what neurofeedback trainers see over and over in our offices. Clients’ lives change for the better, and we know that this means that their brains are changing.
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Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback