What is a Brain Map?

Transcript of Neuro Nugget Video:

Your brain is what makes you, you. It is the executive control center of the entire body and the supervisor of your moods, thoughts, mental health, memories, and actions. It is the most important organ in your body and yet most of us know very little about how our brains work or whether our brains are functioning properly. If only there was a way to peer inside and see how your brain is wired.

Well, there is, and it’s called a brain map. Your brain is a highly complex organ made up of billions of cells called neurons. Neurons send and receive messages to and from all parts of your body. This electrical flow in the brain can be measured and mapped using a QEEG.

This is also known as a brain map. Brain mapping is a non-invasive procedure that painlessly and safely measures brain activity. A brain map is a valuable and powerful resource for identifying issues in different parts of your brain as well as the strengths and weaknesses in your brain’s pathways, identifying your brain’s performance patterns that may help to explain behaviors, emotions, temperament, relationships, and many experiences of daily life from sleep to attention and memory to underachievement and more. Providing a clear profile of current brain performance to help create a roadmap in an effort to guide personal goal setting and potential treatments in therapies.

To put it simply, a brain map or QEEG uses EEG technology to read the electrical activity from your brain through small sensors placed on the scalp. Those brain waves are sent directly to a computer that monitors the tiny changes in energy across 19 different parts of the brain all at one time over a recording period of more than about 30 minutes. There are four different types of brain waves the map analyzes. The first are the Delta brain waves which are associated with deep sleep or a dreaming state.

The second are the Theta brain waves which are associated with drowsiness or a daydreaming state. The third are the Alpha brain waves which are associated with being in an awake but very relaxed state. And finally, there are the Beta brain waves which are associated with being alert and in working or thinking state. This is when we’re sort of really flexing our mental muscle.

This is an analysis of each lobe of the brain, frontal, parietal, central, temporal, and occipital for each type of brain wave, Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta. The map is looking at the size of the brain waves, the speed of the brain waves, how the brain waves are oriented from left to right and how the brain waves communicate with each other from left to right. The software then interprets all of this data, identifying performance patterns, sometimes good, sometimes not so much, as well as citing specific areas of strength and weakness. The QEEG software then draws clinical inferences and conclusions based on those electrical patterns relative to known brain performance markers from tens of thousands of other brains.

The software then summarizes all of it into a comprehensive technical report of findings, literally a map of how the brain is working. From this report, we can determine what areas of your brain might benefit from training to speed up, slow down, or communicate more efficiently. You might be thinking, what do brain maps look like for different diagnoses? Well, case studies using QEEG brain maps have shown that, for example, people with symptoms of ADHD have elevated Delta brain waves, while those who suffer from depression have elevated Alpha brain waves.

Those with anxiety will have elevated Beta brain waves, while those suffering from memory loss usually have increased Theta brain waves, just to name a few. With a complete brain map, a clinician can design a neurofeedback protocol to eliminate the imbalances and improve or alleviate your symptoms, ultimately helping you get on the road to an improved quality of life. Wanna learn more about your brain and how it functions? Call and schedule your brain map today.

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September 20, 2023