A novel EEG for alpha brain state training, neurobiofeedback and behavior change.

Author: Stinson B, Arthur D.
Affiliation: The Alpha Eight Institute, 1906, 19/F., Miramar Tower, 132 Nathan Rd, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Electronic address: bruce.stinson@alphaeight.com.
Conference/Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract.
Date published: 2013 Aug
Other: Volume ID: 19 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 114-8 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.03.003 , Word Count: 182

Mindfulness meditation, with the resulting alpha brain state, is gaining a strong following as an adjunct to health, so too is applying self-affirmation to stimulate behavior change through subconscious re-programming. Until recently the EEG technology needed to demonstrate this has been cumbersome and required specialist training. This paper reports a pilot study using a remote EEG headband, which through a sophisticated algorithm, provides a real-time EEG readout unencumbered by conventional artifacts. In a convenience sample of 13, the difference in brain waves was examined while the subjects were occupied in an 'attention' and an 'alpha mind state' exercise. There was a significant difference in the mean scores for theta, delta, beta and gamma brain waves. Alpha brain waves remained static suggesting an ability of the headset to discriminate a mindful state and to provide real-time, easy to interpret feedback for the facilitator and subject. The findings provide encouragement for research applications in health care activities providing neurobiofeedback to subjects involved in mindfulness behavior change activities.
Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Alpha brain state, Brain computer interfaces, EEG, Mindfulness meditation, Neuroscience

PMID: 23890456