What is the most important thing about live Z Score training?

The most important thing about live Z Score training is that it is scientific.  It is based upon published research and a well-documented normative database.  It uses concepts that have been proven in clinical research to lead to beneficial outcomes.  It eliminates guesswork, and reduces the risk or over- or under-training key parameters including coherence, phase, and asymmetry.  These parameters are known to have optimal values, and it is important in neurofeedback training to seek training targets that are beneficial.  Z Score training with 4 channels can address the whole head, and normalize activation, relaxation, concentration, focus, connectivity, control, and communication.  Z Score training can provide a complex task that addresses whole brain function in a single protocol.

See the following references for further information.

Thatcher, R.W., Walker, R.A. and Guidice, S.  Human cerebral hemispheres develop at different rates and ages.  Science, 236: 1110-1113, 1987. (This was our first publication with N = 577).

Thatcher, R.W.  EEG normative databases and EEG biofeedback.  Journal of Neurotherapy, 2(4): 8-39, 1998. (N = 577 with many details).

Thatcher, R.W.  EEG database guided neurotherapy.  In: J.R. Evans and A. Abarbanel Editors, Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback, Academic Press, San Diego, 1999. (N = 577 with many details).

POSITION PAPER  Standards for the Use of Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) in Neurofeedback: A Position Paper of the International Society for Neuronal Regulation
Journal of Neurotherapy vol. 8 no. 1 p. 5-27 2004   Contributors: D. Corydon Hammond PhD, Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Utah, School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT Jonathan Walker MD, Clinical Professor of Neurology, Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX Daniel Hoffman MD, Medical Director and Neuropsychiatrist, Neuro-Therapy Clinic, Englewood, CO Joel F. Lubar PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN David Trudeau MD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Family Practice and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry, Minneapolis, VAMC, Minneapolis, MN Robert Gurnee MSW, Director, Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute/ADD Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ,  Joseph Horvat PhD, Private Practice, Corpus Christi, TX

Thatcher, R.W., Walker, R.A., Biver, C., North, D., Curtin, R., Quantitative EEG Normative databases: Validation and Clinical Correlation, J. Neurotherapy, 7 (No. ¾): 87 - 122, 2003. (61 adult subjects were added so that the N = 625.   This is the number currently in use in the database).

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