Sunday, May 24, 2015

Training the Membrane

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After the Canadian ski team sung its praises two years ago, neurofeedback is expected to generate even more buzz at this year’s London Olympics.

The method involves mapping activity patterns in the brain to identify under- or over-stimulation. If there’s unhealthy variability, non-invasive processes – such as listening and reacting to a series of beeps – can be used to adopt more stable patterns and send them back to the brain.

Neurofeedback has a thriving home in Scottsdale at Dr. Sanford Silverman’s Center for Peak Performance and Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders. There, he helps pro athletes – including Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis – and amateurs control their minds. “You’re conditioning people to manipulate how their brain is firing,” Silverman says. “They can turn on their focus and quiet their mind.”

The result is an ideal condition for any athlete who’s being watched by the world.