- Neurofeedback is a technique that involves placing electrical brain wave sensors on the scalp and using the sensors’ feedback to control a video game or a series of sounds
- A 7-day retreat uses the technique, claiming it boosts IQ and improves creativity
- Other neurofeedback providers say their methods can help with everything from mood-boosting to ADHD
- While science says many of these claims are overstated, but there is one promising area of research
There are three cities around the world where, for $15,000, you can spend a week allegedly exercising your brain.
The cerebral workout plan was created in the 1980s by James Hardt, a physicist and psychologist who claims that a week of his program “expands your awareness more than 20 years of Zen meditation.”
Hardt’s company, called the Biocybernaut Institute, is centered around neurofeedback, a form of therapy that uses information about the brain’s electrical patterns to teach people about how their minds work. The idea is that people can learn to control their brain activity in specific ways — from increasing focus or creativity to decreasing the symptoms of anxiety, depression, or even ADHD.