The Neurocognitive Process
Neurocognitive utilizes state-of-the-art electronic equipment, including the Quantitative Electroencephalograph (or qEEG) for the measurement and tracking of the electrical activity of the brain.
The procedure involves the placing of electrodes on the client’s head, so that the electrical activity occurring at the brain site above where each electrode is placed can be recorded and displayed on a computer screen. The computer does not send any electrical signal into the brain, nor is there any physical penetration of the skin.
The subject then works on a series of tasks and problems (selected for the particular client) designed to assess:
- auditory and reading memory
- problem solving
- additional tasks (auditory and visual)
Each of these tasks can yield an analysis that indicates where the specific problems reside as shown on the qEEG.
Normal EEG - click on image to display fullsized
Learning Disabled EEG - click on image to display fullsized
Normal EEG compared with an EEG from a learning-disabled subject. The bottom-right image shows a significant difference in neural activity between a high-memory-functioning and a low-memory-functioning child. The higher functioning child (top figure) shows greater amounts of beta activity.
Our research has delineated the exact electrophysiological parameters responsible for effective cognitive functioning in each of these areas. Based on the qEEG results from the initial screening procedure, Dr. Thornton designs a treatment methodology specific to the individual patient's requirements.
The patient then begins a series of 35-minute computer training sessions, in which he or she "plays" a simple computer game -- using nothing more than concentration skills!
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