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I’d like to talk to you about a technology called Brain Paint that we feel is unique to our treatment program at The Arbor along with other interventions that we use. Brian Paint is a form of neurofeedback. And biofeedback is a concept that’s been around for a long time, and it involves giving people information about how their body is functioning. This is a concept that has been used in treatment of different psychiatric disorders for several decades now.

The Brain Paint is the latest in this line of technology, and it involves applying electrodes to the skull that are sensitive enough to pick up electrical activity in the brain. And unlike a lie detector machine that picks up temperature and the amount of sweating and electrical properties of the skin, this picks up the activities in the brain. It also translates that activity into visual and auditory feedback in the form of a computer monitor and program and speakers such that the people who come into our program, everyone is set up with this machine and these electrodes are applied to their head for about 45 minutes to an hour 3 times a week for up to 10 weeks. They can use this to visualize their brainwave activity via designs that the computer program is creating on the computer monitor and begin to change it in a way that the monitor is directing them.

The designs that the monitor directs them to create with just brainwave activity reflect certain frequencies of brainwaves. We know in medicine that alpha waves are present usually when somebody is in a relaxed and peaceful state. Now, they are also mentally alert and able to think clearly and process information, so this brainwave state is desirable and the Brain Paint effectively teaches people or trains people how to achieve this mental state or this level of brainwave activity. Once again, this is a technology that, along with others, we feel like are unique to our treatment program at The Arbor.

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