Showing posts with label EEG biofeedback. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EEG biofeedback. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Focus and Concentration Training Malaysia

Have you ever found yourself being agitated and irritated of being distracted by external stimuli and unable to sustain your focus in finishing a task?


Have you ever experienced the difficulty to follow multiple behavioural or cognitive steps in doing things such as solving a mathematical question, planning strategies for a developmental project or even the basic daily activities like preparing meals, and reading? 

If your answer is “YES” for the aforementioned questions, this article will be beneficial and provide an understanding on different categories of attention and science-based tips to improve it.


Attention is the cognitive skill that requires one to concentrate on an activity for as long as it takes to finish in spite of the presence of other distracting stimuli. It is undeniably vital for us, especially in dealing and finishing the tasks that take a long time to complete.


For example, a long-distance journey driver has to sustain his or her attention on the road conditions to avoid potential accidents. In fact, your attention is required while you are reading this text to know more about attention.  


According to Sohlberg and Mateer’s Hierarchical Attentional Model, attention is subdivided into several categories as below: 

  • Arousal: the activation level and level of alertness, whether we are energized or fatigue;
  • Focalized Attention: the ability to direct focus onto a stimulus or activity;
  • Sustained Attention: the ability to attend to a stimulus or activity for a long period of time;
  • Selective Attention: the ability to direct focus onto a specific stimulus or activity in the presence of other distracting stimuli;
  • Alternating Attention: the ability to change focus between two or more stimuli;
  • Divided Attention: the ability to pay focus to different stimuli at the same time.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to improve your attention.
We offer holistic approach (such as neurofeedback training) to 
improve your concerns.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The 4th Asia Pacific Neurofeedback/Biofeedback Conference 2018.

Had a great time here:) I shared about how the various form of trauma affects the executive functioning of the brain (such as focus and planning etc.)
I am so happy to meet all neurofeedback practitioners from all around the world.

The 6th Child Development and Mental Health International Forum and the 4th Asia Pacific/Neurofeedback/ Biofeedback Conference. Opening Ceremony by the Director & Deputy Director General of Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; Director-General of Department of Mental Oral Health Taiwan; Acting Director of RICD Thailand & Prof Dato Dr Susie See of APNA.
I am glad to be one of the invited speakers from Malaysia to present the wonder of clinical neurofeedback and advantages of brain mapping.
Special thanks to Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, Department of Mental Health; Medical Team of Rajanagarindra Institute of Child Development; Conference Organise Committee and APNA committee to make this event happens:)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

8TV 八度空间《活力加油站》- 临床催眠X脑电波反馈疗法

受邀到8TV的《活力加油站》探讨脑波反馈催眠疗法与QEEG Brain mapping等好处与用途。
希望让更多人了解Clinical Hypnotherapy, Clinical Neurofeedback和brain mapping的益处。主持人总结道:“催眠好科学”。让我倍感安慰!
 On air today (8TV), It is my honor to be the guest speaker to promote awareness for clinical hypnotherapy, neurofeedback and QEEG brain mapping:)

Sunday, July 22, 2018



With almost 50 years of clinical use behind it, the field of neurofeedback has diversified into a wide range of approaches and methods. 
All neurofeedback methods tend to be effective, however how quickly you see results and how specific to your goals those result will be all comes down to the skill of the clinician and the capability of his tools.
Neurofeedback systems range from simple concentration machines right up to complete sensor arrays with deep brain imaging capability. 
  • Brand name Neurofeedback systems 
  • EEG Neurofeedback (traditional neurofeedback)


Brand name neurofeedback refers to the ever growing array of 'packaged' brain training available.
These systems often re-brand neurofeedback as 'brain state training', 'brain conditioning' or 'neural-optimization', often accompanied by a claim of uniqueness. Others fanchise a name or method, using components of dual-sensor EEG neurofeedback (see below) and a variety of pre-built training protocols. 
While generally effective, these brand name systems are limited by their built-in functions and particular style, making it difficult to zero in on particular goals or problem areas. They require minimal training to use (a few days to a couple of weeks), greatly adding to their limitations.
These systems appeal to those just starting out in neurofeedback. Basic training is provided, you have the backing of an established brand, and the equipment is relatively inexpensive so services can be offered at a low price. The limited training required makes it cheap and easy to train new staff, and quickly expand your business. 
Of course for the consumer, these are among the drawbacks.
It can be difficult to tell whether or not a provider is using a 'brand-name' system or not. There are a number of companies in the market, the dominant brands include Neuroptimal, Brain State, and EEGinfo (aka Othmer Method). 


EEG is traditional surface neurofeedback, as has been used for decades with great success. Next to the sales-savvy trademark products, EEG neurofeedback has far less flash and mystique - however it more than makes up for it in flexibility and efficacy. 
A skilled therapist can do anything that a brand name system can do, and more. With a full range of equipment and brain training approaches available, the therapist is free to work differently with each individual and take a far more active role in the brain training. 
The most common EEG neurofeedback uses two sensors; 2 brainwave sensors, 2 ear sensors, and a ground. With these, the clinician can train surface brain activity and properly tailor that training to the individual. With a good clinician at the helm, EEG neurofeedback can be highly effective for a wide range of conditions.  
Because of the greater expertise required, EEG neurofeedback practitioners are usually smaller, one-clinic businesses. This makes them more difficult to find, but well worth the effort. 
Most EEG neurofeedback therapists integrate elements of the next category into their practice, further expanding their capabilities. 

* In Malaysia, currently Hiro Koo is using EEG neurofeedback as his main tool.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review( Therapy for Tourette Syndrome Symptoms) - Mr Soo Son Case

Client Name: Mr S's Son

Age: Around 13 years old

Most of the time, some sounds like throat cleaning sound, sniffing, or grunting sound will come
out involuntarily by my son's mouth. He is a patient who suffered from Tics disorder (Tourette Syndrome and ADHD). 

People around my son felt annoyed with his noisy sound. It affected his daily life and he feels ashamed of it. He even get bullied by his friends in school.

To get rid of it, my son visited neurologists and ate medicines. However, it only can be controlled at the very beginning and it seems that his body started to resist it with some side effects. I even went to temples and visited monk before. He lived with this condition and suffered for 2 years until I follow Hiro Koo's brain training, finally I saw hope. 

After following the training session with Hiro Koo, his vocal tics reduced significantly, he have better self-control even without finding any distraction. Besides, My son regained his confidence and he have better mood every day. I was amazed by this technique as it is a very effective training to control my son's vocal tics. 

The advantage of this brain training technique is that this is a natural approach without any pain and side effect. I definitely will recommend to people who suffered for similar issues.

Remark: Our client's information will be kept strictly confidential all the time. All reviews and photos have been acknowledged and provided by past and current clients of Hypnosis Integrative Hub (Clinical Hypnotherapist Hiro Koo). Clients names have been changed to protect their identity.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

都会佳人Citta Bella | Life Magazines 生活杂志 - 2017年4月刊Bella Soul 之《别让压力影响你》

建议:脑电波反馈训练法不属于传统的心理咨询等服务,它更像是一种大脑运动技术。就好比说你去瘦身或健身前,你需要去测量体重计。你的体重计并不会评断你是否超重,而是由你的个人教练去给你意见该如何进行训练。同样的道理,脑电波反馈训练教练EEG biofeedback practitioner会为你进行脑波检测服务。你的脑波反馈教练会根据你的状况量身订造适合你的训练模式。科学研究发现,通常经过20次的训练,脑电波才会有显著的改善。这就如运动一般的道理,脑波训练也当然是做越多越有效。当你在选择你的脑电波反馈教练时,记得查询他的专业背景(如可有心理学或医学相关背景)与临床经验,一个临床经验越丰富的教练将会更有效地助你达到绝佳训练效果,脑电波训练绝对是安全、无痛以及无副作用的。


Sunday, April 23, 2017

[Event] Mood Management Workshop @ Life Care Diagnostic Medical Centre

Mood Management Workshop Module 1 - Brainwaves Analysis 

This workshop was led by registered clinical hypnotherapist and psychologist Hiro Koo. We have explored various techniques and strategies to best manage mood and stress issue.

This workshop also emphasize approaches for managing mood and brain arousal level. We have discussed a range of brainwaves pattern and how they relate to our emotion and stress level. 

Module 1 is also meant for the first step of healing:
Make your subconscious mind (brainwaves) conscious, so you can control your mood and life.

Friday, April 14, 2017

You May Be Able To Train Your Brain To Be Fearless - Neurofeedback Malaysia

A developing treatment called neurofeedback may help people suffering from anxiety and PTSD.

All your fears, stresses and anxieties have one thing in common. They are sensed by a pair of pea-sized patches of neurons, called the amygdala, sitting deep inside your brain. So what if you could control your amygdala? What if you could change your brain and become calmer and braver?
That idea has a particular appeal for people suffering from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. But it’s easier said than done. The amygdala is an old part of the brain that does its job automatically, without much care for commands from more conscious parts of the mind. You can’t just tell an oversensitive amygdala to quiet down.
But a brain training technique known as neurofeedback might help people find a way to change such involuntary and automatic brain processes. In recent years, the technique is being developed and refined to address mental health issues. The treatment involves monitoring a person’s brain activity in real time using electroencephalography (EEG) or functional MRI brain scans, and showing those patterns of activity to the person so they can try to boost or reduce them ― basically, changing how their brain functions.
In a new study published last month in Biological Psychiatry, researchers set up a series of experiments to use neurofeedback to teach several dozen people how to regulate their amygdala activity.
“People were able to use this new EEG model to learn how to control their brain activity in a deeply located brain area, the amygdala,” said Dr. Talma Hendler, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the Tel Aviv Center for Brain Functions in Israel. 

Reading brain signals from deep parts of the brain is difficult, especially with a cheap and accessible method. Functional MRI, or fMRI, can access these areas, but the device is a complex, gigantic magnet that you can’t just set up at home, even if you could afford it.
EEG, on the other hand, is cheaper and simpler. It mainly involves a few electrodes placed on the scalp. The downside of EEG is that it can’t accurately zoom in on structures deep in the brain.
So, the researchers combined the two methods. They used the detail provided by fMRI to tease out the amygdala’s signal from the electrical activity picked up by the EEG.
“[This method] enables home-based imaging that [targets] brain regions relevant for our mental health,” Hendler said. “It opens a wide horizon of treatment possibilities for the mentally ill, but also for everyone on a daily basis as an empowering tool for mental activity and well being.”
For the experiments, Hendler and her colleagues asked the volunteers to listen to a sound. They were then instructed to lower the volume of the sound by “exercising mental strategies.”
It sounds like a vague instruction. What are the mental strategies that can, seemingly telepathically, control the volume of a sound? No one really knows, and that’s sort of the point. People have to try many different ways of thinking ― thereby changing their brain activity ― until they stumble upon a desired activity pattern.
What the participants didn’t know was that the volume of the sound was programmed to change based on the electrical activity of their own amygdala, and it would lower if the participants managed to dial down that activity. In other words, they were listening to their own amygdala’s firing, disguised in a sound.
A series of tests afterward showed that this game seemed to help participants become more capable of regulating the activity of their amygdala. In response to viewing a series of images, for example, the participants’ amygdalas seemed less sensitive compared to those of people in another group given a fake neurofeedback treatment.
The participants in this study were healthy. But Hendler believes that people with mental health problems, too, would respond to training with neurofeedback.
“We already have indication for this (unpublished yet) that people suffering from depression, chronic pain and post traumatic disorders are able to learn and greatly benefit from such training,” Hendler said.
If the method proves useful in treating mental health conditions in the future, this low-cost, personalized treatment could be used at home to complement and sometimes substitute medications, Hendler said. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017



价格:RM120 (一人),两人同行共RM200
地点:Life Care Diagnostic Medical Centre, 4th Floor Conference Room
导师:Hiro Koo (亚洲SBCIA认证Master Trainer in EEG biofeedback) - 临床催眠师
联络报名:Whatsapp预约0167154419 (Hiro Koo)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Master Trainer on EEG biofeedback for SBCIA in Asia Region

It is my honor and pleasure to be one of the first Master Trainers on EEG biofeedback for SBCIA in Asia region. It is one of the highest levels of qualification in Asia EEG biofeedback/Neurofeedback field. Thanks my mentor Dr Kang who has supported and guided me throughout the journey since long time ago:) Thanks Dr Kang and Prof Dato Dr Susie See for trusting me. I believe that 2017 will be a good year for all of us. We will do our best in offering the neurofeedback training to make sure that the services you enjoy are of the very best quality.

Friday, October 28, 2016

EEG biofeedback training in Malaysia

Can you retrain your brain?
YES! EEG biofeedback training is the answer.

EEG biofeedback/Neurofeedback training (Brain entrainment) is a safe, painless and non-invasive training method to improve your brain function. Brain entrainment falls under the jurisdiction of the Association of Hypnotherapy Practitioners, Malaysia (AHPM) - clause 3(b). EEG biofeedback method is not a medical diag­nos­tic tool but a training device. It is designed to give the client’s subconscious mind a voice, and allow the Clinical Hypnotherapist to reveal the various underlying factors that shape the client’s cognitive abilities, emotional responses, and automatic behavior. 

It is based on operant conditioning concept, a reward system for the brain, to change the amplitude of brainwaves within a given frequency. There is no input of energy or drugs in the EEG biofeedback that we provide. What is the purpose of that? It can change the way you function... for example if you are too anxious we reward reduction of high-frequency waves which relate to tension and anxiety. This will train your brain to calm itself, and after repeated training, the calm state becomes more of a trait. EEG biofeedback training can be used to improve concentration, calmness, focus, stability of mood and to address many symptoms. Many patients with ADHD or anxiety or depression find neurofeedback to be a very useful alternative to drug treatments. Many people struggle to cope with cravings due to addictions... EEG biofeedback training can assist with the process of recovering from addictions. We train children, adolescents, and adults. Many people use neurofeedback training to reduce or terminate reliance on medications (with medical doctor supervision). Most people find meaningful changes in the short term in a few sessions and longer term changes in 20-40 sessions.

More info:

Disclaimer: Brain Entrainment method (Neurofeedback/EEG biofeedback) is not a diagnosis tool or a cure for any diagnosed conditions. It works by resolving the underlying imbalances and brain dysregulation. It is clearer viewed as personal training rather than a treatment.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Beating depression the natural way - EEG biofeedback training

The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) is important for "cognitive" and "executive" functions such as working memory, intention formation, goal-directed action, abstract reasoning, and attentional control. It is also known that the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) plays an important role in top-down regulation of emotional processing as part of the more extensive cognitive network that is also critically involved in emotion regulation, particularly by distraction from the emotional stimulus. This dlPFC is important for the reappraisal/suppression of negative affect and a defect in this regulation of negative affect due to a dysfunction of the dlPFC appears to play a very important role in clinical depression. 

Modification of a negative attentional bias by cognitive training alters dlPFC activity in response to emotional stimuli and this is likely the primary result of successful treatment by means of cognitive and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies. AThe results of a recent study examining the effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the left dlPFC on temporary reduction of negative attentional bias during learning in depressed versus non-depressed college students supports the suggestion that tDCS may actually enhance the learning of cognitive-behavioural therapeutic strategies.

 While there is some strong evidence suggesting that a reduction in dlPFC activity and/or over-activity of the vmPFC may play a major role in the development of depression brain imaging studies continue to reveal other areas of the brain that are also involved in depressed mood and suggest that depression is largely a result of reduced activation/metabolism in a number of brain areas and reports of increased activation of any particular brain area have not consistently been associated with depression. Anxiety, on the other hand, correlates with increased regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in posterior cingulate and bilateral inferior parietal lobules. Since comorbid depression and anxiety are quite common, it is important to recognize the different areas that are activated or inhibited by both depression and anxiety.

Electroencephalographic (EEG) studies have largely confirmed these findings by demonstrating increased alpha (8-12 Hz) EEG relative power in the left frontal regions of the brains to be associated with dysthymia and major depressive disorder (MDD) as well as the onset of depression in patients with damage to the left frontal lobe. Since alpha is generally viewed as a cortical idling rhythm and is inversely related to neuronal activity, increased left frontal alpha results in deactivation of the left prefrontal cortex and a functional dominance of the right prefrontal cortex. Indeed, a number of brain researchers have suggested a laterality of the brain’s affective system; with negative emotions having a bias in activating the right hemisphere and positive emotions activating the left hemisphere. The left frontal lobes may be considered to include an “approach behavior” circuit whereas the right frontal lobes may include an “avoidance-behavior” circuit. As the left becomes more active, we tend to see things as generally more interesting, more rewarding, more approachable (i.e., the cup as half-full). In contrast, activation of the right circuit causes us to see things as potentially more dangerous and less rewarding (i.e., the cup as half-empty). Brain research suggests that a person's mood may largely depend on which side of the prefrontal cortex is more active.

In this vein, Henriques & Davidson (1990, 1991) examined frontal EEG asymmetry in currently depressed versus never depressed individuals and found elevated left frontal alpha power in the depressed individuals. Other researchers have confirmed these findings as well as observing that individual differences in frontal asymmetry emerge early in life and are associated with individual differences in “approach-withdrawal” behavior and the “introversion-extroversion” personality dimension. Taken together, these findings suggest that EEG asymmetry marked by relative left frontal hypoactivation may be a biological marker of familial and, possibly genetic risk for mood disorders. 

EEG biofeedback or Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the system (the central nervous system) to function better.
Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain disregulation. These happen to be numerous. They include the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances. It is also useful for organic brain conditions such as seizures, the autism spectrum, and cerebral palsy.

We offer brainwaves assessment service. It is a tool that designed to give the client’s subconscious mind a voice, and allow the Clinical Hypnotherapist to reveal the various underlying factors that shape the client’s cognitive abilities, emotional responses and automatic behavior. Contact us now for more info.