What is qEEG or brainmapping?
The qEEG is an assessment tool that objectively analyzes brain wave function. The EEG (electroencephalogram) reflects cortical electrophysiology. In other words, brainwaves tell the clinician how hard parts of the brain are working in a given state (relaxed, eyes open/closed, reading/math/social cognition) and to what degree these parts are communicating with each other.
The qEEG is used to determine and describe the degree to which brainwave patterns differ from the norm. The qEEG is used to guide neurofeedback and assist in diagnosing disorders of attention, learning, mood, and development.
The procedure takes about 90 minutes and consists of wearing a tight fitting cap (like a swim cap) that has electrodes that record brain activity as the client sits quietly in a chair. Brainwave activity is recorded while the client has eyes open; eyes closed, and while engaged in mental activity (reading, writing, math). The record is then reviewed for artifact and subjected to statistical analysis and comparison to a normative database.
I find the qEEG invaluable in guiding neurofeedback as it clearly identifies EEG abnormalities and increases training efficacy. I recommend qEEG testing when there are questions regarding attention and learning problems.
Want to learn more about qEEG?
Read or download this article What is qEEG? from the Journal of Neurotherapy (PDF)