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A Symphony in the Brain; The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback

Robbins, Jim

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ISBN 10: 0871138077 / ISBN 13: 9780871138071
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2000
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x, 260 pages. Signed on half-title. Web Sites. Select Bibliography. Index. DJ has soiling and wear. Autographed copy sticker on front of DJ. Pink highlighting noted in a number of places. Jim Robbins, a free-lance writer for more than thirty years, lives with his family in Helena, Montana. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times since 1980, and has written for numerous magazines from Conde Nast Traveler to Smithsonian. He has carried out assignments, in Europe, Mongolia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and across North America, especially the Rocky Mountain West. He is the author of four books of non-fiction. His writing interests fall into two main camps: the environment and the human central nervous system. He considers the fact that he has been able to freely indulge his curiosity and get paid for it, one of his greatest accomplishments. In the decade since Jim Robbins's A Symphony in the Brain was first published, the control of our bodies, brains, and minds has taken remarkable leaps. From neurofeedback with functional magnetic resonance imaging equipment, to the use of radio waves, to biofeedback of the heart and breath, and coverage of biofeedback by health insurance plans. This groundbreaking book that traces the fascinating, untold story of the development of biofeedback.Discovered by a small corps of research scientists, this alternative treatment allows a patient to see real-time measurements of their bodily processes. Its advocates claim biofeedback can treat epilepsy, autism, attention deficit disorder, addictions, and depression with no drugs or side effects; bring patients out of vegetative states, even improve golf scores or an opera singer's voice. But biofeedback has faced battles for acceptance in the conservative medical world despite positive signs that it could revolutionize the way an incredibly diverse range of medical and psychological problems are treated. Offering a wealth of powerful case studies, accessible scientific explanations, and dramatic personal accounts, Robbins remarkable history develops our understanding of this important field. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 72984

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Title: A Symphony in the Brain; The Evolution of ...

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A revolutionary approach to treating brain disorders uses neurofeedback to tackle epilepsy, autism, ADD, addictions, and depression. 35,000 first printing.

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Can you fix your own neurologic problems without resorting to drugs? Science writer Jim Robbins suggests that some such conditions--like epilepsy, autism, and depression--could yield to a recently developed technique called neurofeedback. His book A Symphony in the Brain describes the process, its evolution from the 1970s fad of biofeedback, its practitioners, and some of its success stories. Using computers to quickly provide information on real-time EEG, practitioners train patients to control global or local brain states--or so the theory goes. Unfortunately for its proponents, there are still no rigorous research data showing conclusive results. Robbins makes a good case that the lack of research is due more to scientific turf battles and a drug-dependent medical establishment than to any fault of neurofeedback. Some of the case studies he explores, of children and adults brought out of comas or trained to reduce their epileptic seizure frequency, suggest that we ought to look more deeply and rigorously into the technique. Whether it works can only be determined by controlled studies, which may be forthcoming. In the meantime, Robbins provides contact lists and additional research information for interested readers, as well as the inspiration to pursue a potentially life-saving treatment. --Rob Lightner

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