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Author: John N. Demos
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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 61144th edition (January 17, 2005)
Pages: 304

Getting Started with Neurofeedback (Norton Professional Books) by John N. Demos



Activities, Adaptation, and Aging. I highly recommend Getting Started with Neurofeedback as a basic and comprehensive text for students entering the field of neurofeedback, and as a basic reference for those already in practice. Journal of Neurotherapy.

His description of neurofeedback equipment is more understandable than the descriptions supplied by software and hardware manufacturers.

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Getting Started with Neurofeedback is a step-by-step guide for professional health care providers who wish to begin with neurotherapy, as well as experienced clinicians who are looking for a concise treatment guide

Getting Started with Neurofeedback book. Published January 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton Company (first published December 10th 2004). Getting Started with Neurofeedback. 0393704505 (ISBN13: 9780393704501).

Indeed, this book is an excellent resource for those relatively new to the field; but beyond that it is useful as a reference for those ore experienced. The latter chapters are a sagacious guide about all aspects of practice. The book is replete with excellent clinical examples School of Professional Psychology, Neuropsychologist, h Associates, Dayton Ohio. Thank you very much John Demos. This book offers a lot of useful and really important information as well for beginners and advanced Neurofeedback practitioners. Besides classical standard applications, it gives a very detailed overview of newer approaches like Z-Score-Training based on quantitative EEG measures from several sources and databases.

This book introduces the reader to neurofeedback, including its history and scientific basis. Case studies help the reader understand how these techniques are applied to therap. This book introduces the reader to neurofeedback, including its history and scientific basis. Information about training, setting up an office, and neurofeedback equipment are provided.

Getting Started with Neurofeedback John N. Demos 1, 5. Publisher : W. Norton & Company Release Date : 2, 5. What is neurofeedback? Neurofeedback is founded upon computer technology joined with auxiliary equipment that can measure the metabolic activity of the cerebral cortex. Neurofeedback training combines the principles of complementary medicine with the power of electronics. Case studies help clinicians apply what they are learning to their existing practice. Demos takes the mystery out of the assessment process and charts and examples of topographical brain maps (in full color) serve as teaching aids.

What is neurofeedback? Neurofeedback is founded upon computer technology joined with auxiliary equipment that can measure the metabolic activity of the cerebral cortex.

Neurofeedback training combines the principles of complementary medicine with the power of electronics. It is a comprehensive system that promotes growth change at the cellular level of the brain and empowers the client to use his or her mind as a tool for personal healing.Until now, there has not been a single comprehensive yet easy-to-understand guide for clinicians interested in adding neurotherapy to their practice. Getting Started with Neurofeedback is a step-by-step guide for professional health care providers who wish to begin with neurotherapy, as well as experienced clinicians who are looking for a concise treatment guide.This book answers essential questions such as: How does neurotherapy work?, What is the rationale for treatment? When is neurotherapy the treatment of choice? Why should I add it to my already existing healthcare practice? The author also answers questions important to establishing a successful practice such as: What kind of training should clinicians get? What kind of equipment should clinicians buy? How can clinicians add neurofeedback to their existing practice?The first part of the book introduces the reader to the world of neurofeedback, its history and scientific basis. Case studies help clinicians apply what they are learning to their existing practice. Demos takes the mystery out of the assessment process and charts and examples of topographical brain maps (in full color) serve as teaching aids. Later in the book, advanced techniques are explained and demonstrated by additional case studies. The reader is shown how to use biofeedback for the body to augment neurofeedback training as well as being taught to work with the body and acquire a basic knowledge of complementary medicine.The book concludes by offering clinicians practical suggestions on marketing their expanded practice, purchasing equipment, finding appropriate training and supervision, and keeping up with the ever-growing profession of neurofeedback. Research and theory unite to demonstrate the clinical underpinnings for this exciting new modality.
Reviews: 7
Dianalmeena
Neurofeedback in general is a pretty complicated topic. This book has probably been the most helpful for someone learning to do EEG biofeedback for themselves. It goes over treatment protocols and that is helpful. It doesn't exactly give you a step-by-step how-to.
Kakashkaliandiia
Well, the text is decent. But I am reading this to apply the information, professionally, not recreationally. Without images the Kindle version is seriously flawed. It’s hard to know where to put a probe from a discussion that is relying on a picture. The product description specifically touts many images and charts. In reality, no images at all.
Thetalune
I enjoyed reading this book. Some of the information went over my head and I skipped a few chapters that did not relate to me at all. But I did learn quite a bit about neurofeedback and the central nervous system.
Asyasya
My wife and I for many years have worked with children with ADD and ADHD and related disorders. Unfortunately in the area where we live there are not many good professionals to help with the issue either with children or with adults. One of the resources to which we often turn is this book which is both an introduction to neurofeedback and a handbook for professionals dealing with a variety of neurotransmitter and other issues affecting brain development and function. For anyone interested and working in this field this book is a useful handbook and I can highly recommend it.
Road.to sliver
Pros: If you are learning to administer neurofeedback as a licensed professional, this is an excellent resource.

Cons: As a psychologist, I could keep up with the language and detailed neuroscience, but this book is not for those without advanced degrees in the medical, psychological or neurosciences.
Dranar
I'm getting ready for training and found Getting Started with Neurofeedback invaluable. Start with this textbook and you won't be disappointed.
Clever
This is the only book that I have seen that doesn't just give a theoretical overview of the field of neurofeedback but actually gives a workable, usable protocol which the reader can follow to get started with their equipment. I have found out the hard way that although one's intentions to work w/NF can be good the task of actually using it can be daunting. Unless you enjoy writing computer code and designing programs you will have a tough time getting started in this field. This manual gives you a streamlined method for step-by-step process of beginning to measure neurofeedback. I have used it successfully to measure basic neuro-quotients, where previously I was lost.

Jonathan Golden
Aimed at healthcare professionals with an interest in adding neurotherapy to their clinical practice, "Getting Started with Neurofeedback" is a shallow, broad-based introduction to all things neurofeedback related, from elementary neuroanatomy to marketing tips according to which feedback therapy you plan to employ. A reader just beginning to consider neurotherapy as an occupation, with no prior familiarity with the subject, will find their curiosity stimulated and practical questions they didn't even know they had answered. However, a reader looking for an objective analysis of the field or with any advance knowledge will likely find the short sightedness of this volume by John N. Demos frustrating and tedious.

Part I

The book begins with a brief introduction meant to assuage any skeptics by citing a few studies that give neurofeedback credibility. The meat of the book is divided into two parts; the first of which focuses on the biological and technical facts underlying neurofeedback, and the second of which is primarily a practical guide for the clinician who has decided to undertake neurotherapy. Demos begins with a history of the significant advances leading to the advent of neurofeedback. Though I understand he has a lot of ground to cover, I felt the history chapter was particularly lacking. The subjects he covered, such as Hans Berger and Carl Jung, were covered well, but almost the entire chapter focused on EEG, excluding all other forms of neurofeedback to the reader's detriment. The second chapter provides a very brief synopsis of the inner workings of the brain and nervous system, including a functional map of the brain. I felt this chapter was lacking in scope. Demos's target audience is supposedly composed of practicing healthcare providers, who I assume already have a workable knowledge of the brain. In my opinion a few of the biology based pages could have been put to better use as a more in depth history. I also felt that that functional map of the brain may lead readers to over generalize and assume that brain functions are localized identically in every person, which they most certainly are not.
The rest of Part I provides a concise, but informative introduction to neuroplasticity and the concept of biofeedback in general, and the most popular forms of neurofeedback currently in use specifically. Demos approaches the subject pragmatically, avoiding going into detail or illustrating with case studies at this juncture. Instead Part I reads like a beginners textbook, defining key terms and contrasting the various methods on a technological basis. Demos's explanations are thorough and easy to understand, if a bit stiff, but again the major flaw here is an almost single-minded focus on EEG (the form of neurofeedback Demos is personally licensed to practice). While EEG is undoubtedly the most popular form of neurofeedback today, its use is on the decline and if Demos was going to concentrate so heavily on this one form of neurofeedback he should have titled his book "Getting Started with EEG".

Part II

Demos is obviously much more comfortable speaking on practical matters, the core of Part II of the volume. Demos's tone shifts from that of a lecturer regurgitating facts to a conversationalist expounding on his favorite topic. Throughout most of the second half of the book he follows the same general format: reintroduce a form of neurofeedback whose technological background he explained in Part I, detail how to run a typical clinical session using this technique, present case studies, and examine problems he has personally encountered utilizing this method. The last few chapters are devoted to purely practical concerns: from the steps to take to become a certified neurotherapist, to the best location to start your practice, to the exact brand of prep gel he uses, to supportive phrases to use on clients. It is here that Demos truly shines. His practical advice is a would-be clinician's gold mine: a cheat sheet for the business or socially impaired. Demos may lack scientific acumen throughout the rest of the book, but his clinical expertise is dead on. The only fault I can find in Part II is that Demos approaches every problem wearing rose-colored glasses. Whether he doesn't want appear uninformed or simply doesn't realize they exist, besides warning the clinician to have a stack of supportive literature for skeptics always within reach, Demos never addresses the myriad claims currently circulating in the scientific community that accuse neurofeedback and all of its practitioners of being frauds incapable of producing tangible, reliable results.

Critique

From the introduction onward, Demos whole-heartedly endorses the concept of cortical localization. While I understand that some degree of reliable localization is necessary for the premise behind neurofeedback to remain viable, Demos's unqualified statements ("each region of the brain is associated with specific functional operations") make the half way knowledgeable reader question his expertise rather than reinforcing it. For someone who repeatedly stresses that his writing is intended for the healthcare professional, Demos would benefit from less blanket sensationalism and more cold, hard facts. I believe we can safely assume that anybody reading this book has sought it out specifically already possesses a rudimentary understanding of the brain and has at the least a passing familiarity with scientific research. This desire for scientific objectivity leads me to my second complaint: the rose-tinted nature of Demos's case outlines. While I don't necessary expect an in-depth analysis, Demos fails to point out a single limitation or point of possible contention with his case studies. For example, in his argument for EEG analyses as supplements to the DSM-IV criteria for ADHD Demos's primary piece of supporting evidence is a study in which 11 controls were used to characterize the "typical" EEG pattern of the human brain, then compared to 109 ADHD participants to establish a criteria of aberrant EEG activity on which diagnosis may be made. He fails to acknowledge that any brain activity map generated from only 11 people will be highly unreliable. When he does acknowledge neurofeedback's shortcomings, such as the high variability of responses in alpha/theta training, his advice is very useful.

Summary

Overall, my primary argument against this book is that though Demos's research is thorough, his presentation of it is not. For the majority of the book he comes across as an infomercial pitchman for neurofeedback rather than a scientist providing intelligent healthcare professionals with a realistic analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of integrating neurofeedback into their practice. If I were a healthcare professional reading this book I would discount the majority of Demos's claims out of mistrust. I am naturally hesitant with any practitioner who neglects to inform me of the associated risks. I think a better approach that would have more fully realized his professed goal in writing this book would have been to accompany the success stories with explanations of the current flaws in neurotherapy, his personal conjectures on how they might be overcome, and provide a few case studies in which neurotherapy was not successful or anecdotes about his own encounters with neurotherapy skeptics. Much about this book is incredibly helpful and, as I said, well researched. As an introduction to neurofeedback, it provides a wonderfully concise overview of current options in the field. Again, my only true complaint was that as a reader with a small bit of prior knowledge on the subject (which it is likely most readers of this volume will be), I often found myself frustrated by his bad science, but if you can read with a grain of salt don't let the book's rosy hue deter you from gleaning all of the valuable information within. If you ARE a healthcare provider looking to add neurotherapy to your repertoire, Demos's practical advice is positively sagely.