What to expect in your session
First you will sit in front of a screen and begin watching a movie of your choice. The neurofeedback sensor, resting lightly on your forehead, monitors the heat signal generated by activity from your brain’s prefrontal cortex.
As you watch the movie, the sensor will monitor brain activity and eventually will give feedback by stopping the movie when a thermal change is detected. This could be the result of experiencing strong emotions of a particularly moving scene, or the mind wandering to random thoughts. Whatever the cause, the change signals a deactivation of the prefrontal cortex.
Now, for the challenging part. Your goal is to make the movie start up again. You do this by coming back to a relaxed and focused state through mindfulness. By bringing the mind to a point of focus like the breath, and at the same time relaxing the body, you will learn to bring the signal back up to activate the movie. A bar graph on the screen will indicate if you are getting to the threshold where the movie will start again. It takes practice and patience but over time it becomes easier.
Each pause in the movie gives you the chance to exercise your brain, and over time you grow your ability to relax and focus simultaneously. This calm focus puts you in an ideal state of mind – for problem solving, for better focus at school or work, and for dealing with the stressors life throws you.