The book also takes us on a visit to UCLA, where we meet Horace Magoun and learn more about the QEEG, or Quantitative EEG, and its championing pioneer Ross Adey.
Neurofeedback can be described as ‘a learning process applied to the EEG’, and as early as 1934, Edgar Adrian and Brian Matthews tried to explain the Berger Rhythm. However, It would still take until the end of the 1950s, when Joe Kamiya hit the scene, for operant conditioning principles to be applied to EEG activity as well.
This book uniquely describes why Barry Sterman, who played a very important part in the discovery and understanding of The Sensori-Motor Rhythm (SMR), and Gordon A. Alles, the inventor of MDA and Benzedrine, were essential in advancing neurofeedback as a treatment option for ADHD.
The unabridged abstract of Sterman’s PhD dissertation Brain Mechanisms in Sleep is added as a bonus chapter, thus giving you, the reader, a candid insight in to the beginnings of his decades spanning scientific career.