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A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brainwave Biofeedback Hardcover – 25 Aug 2000

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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (25 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871138077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871138071
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can you fix your own neurological problems without resorting to drugs? Science writer Jim Robbins suggests that some such conditions--like epilepsy, autism and depression--could yield to a recently developed technique called neurofeedback. His book A Symphony in the Brain describes the process, its evolution from the 1970s fad of biofeedback, its practitioners, and some of its success stories. Using computers to quickly provide information on real-time EEG, practitioners train patients to control global or local brain states--or so the theory goes. Unfortunately for its proponents, there are still no rigorous research data showing conclusive results; Robbins makes a good case that the lack of research is due more to scientific turf battles and a drug-dependent medical establishment than any fault of neurofeedback. Some of the case studies he explores, of children and adults brought out of comas or trained to reduce their epileptic seizure frequency, suggest that we ought to look more deeply and rigorously into the technique. Whether or not it works can only be determined by controlled studies which may be forthcoming; in the meantime Robbins provides contact lists and additional research information for interested readers, as well as the inspiration to pursue a potentially life-saving treatment. --Rob Lightner


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