Is there really no affordable + user friendly Neurofeedback hardware/software out there?

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Hi Manu,

I got into this thread, I know its very late, but I hope to get from you. I saw your reply and you mentioned about the neuromore software. I have already saw somewhere else, and then i tried to download this software. But, unfortunately when i open the website of neuromore and want to download the software it ask me to sign in. I don’t have any account already, so I need to first sign-up and then sign in. But i don’t see any place where I can sign up. Kindly tell me how can I sign-up and download neuromore.

Thanks
Rabnawaz

Manuel’s posts were from 2015, almost 3 years ago. As far as I can determine, new accounts on neuromore have been on hold for over a year, more like two. Not sure what their plans are.

Other VPL (visual programming language) signal processing apps are available (some free), depending on your EEG amplifier equipment: BioEra, Bioexplorer, BrainBay, OpenViBE, LabView, and even several VPLs that deal with audio signal processing: Max, PureData, that can process OSC data streams.

I did see that neuromore was a sponsor at the recent BCI Monterey meeting, so they might have some BCI plans in the works.

William

Thank you for your reply.

Yeah you are right, maybe they have different plans for signing up with new account.
I am using Emotiv Epoc+ headset for my EEG data acquisition. I have also looked into OpenVibe and downloaded the software. I am designing my neurofeedback scenario in that. Somewhere on Openvibe, I saw they support Emotive hardware, thats why I choose to start with OpenVibe. Currently I am working on that, but for the time being I have one question in mind so I will ask it here.

As I have to conduct some cognitive test before starting the training, in the middle of training (after completing 50% neurofeedback training sessions) and after completing the neurofeedback training. I am planning to use another tool, PsychoPy (free VPL), for designing these cognitive tests. My question is that, can I integrate these tests in my neurofeedback module (which is designed in OpenVibe)?

The purpose of integrating these test with neurofeedback module is that, the subjects will have easy access to perform the test while sitting to the same screen.

Rab, hi.

re: EPOC access to raw eeg see,

https://www.researchgate.net/post/Is_it_possible_to_get_raw_EEG_data_from_Emotiv_EPOC_without_their_pre-paid_software

re: PsychoPy

There are a few threads over on the OpenBCI forum, not sure if that will be any help.

https://www.google.com/search?q=openbci+psychopy

I don’t see the issue with running multiple processes or screens or windows at the same time. You can probably export / import info from OpenViBE into files.

William

Thx, I’ve just sent a join-request!

Is this the case now? There are several products he sells on his webseite. Or are these products he sold already?

This is what VERSUS answered:

The Versus is a general wellness product, not a medical device, so we don’t recommend Versus for any medical conditions. However, some medical professionals do decide to use Versus as an adjunct to their standard care procedures. This must be closely supervised by the recommending physician.

OpenBCI and Bioexplorer, thread here,

http://openbci.com/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/1650/openbci-and-bioexplorer

Hi Michael,

Any update on using Myndlift and Muse for NF? I’m interested in seeing if this could be used for working with orphans with trauma histories overseas who have internet but wouldn’t be able to have access to a practitioner and traditional NF systems. Have you continued using it? Any change in your opinion that you didn’t notice much of a change? I looked into NeurOptimal since it doesn’t require a licensed practitioner but I don’t completely understand it and it seems like it may not work as well in cases with more dysregulation. Thanks!

I’m also interested in knowing more about Myndlift as I’m thinking of using it in India.

Hi Philip,

I hadn’t been using it anymore but asked the doc (which gave it to me) about his mini-study (with 30 adults) about it. I try to translate his response:

I wouldn’t say that all clients are “excited” about Myndlift. There are some to which it is working well (which is the majority, otherwise we wouldn’t offer it) and there are some others to whom it doesn’t work so well.
The study is running until at least the end of the year. It compares two groups which use NF alternately. But that also means that results are available not before the beginning of 2019.
Currently we also plan to compare the measurement accuracy of MUSE generally and Myndlift in particular with medical EEG-amplifiers. Also this study will run over a longer period.

I’m not an psychologist but from what I know about trauma-related therapy you definitely want to avoid re-traumatization in any case. So using remote-technology with traumatized orphans without having at least one in-depth clinical study about this might be a pretty bad idea.

Regarding the comparison of “full-head”-NF and NF with up to 2 electrodes I asked ISNR if there was any research about this subject. This is what they’ve answered:

There really are no data contrasting the two forms of NF (one or two electrodes versus full cap). We did a small poster a few years ago examining a small number of subjects However, we did 20 consecutive days sp this was probably the more profound indicator. This is a much needed area for research and hopefully we may get to it soon. I would just advise be clear about what your desired outcome is to be and work toward that end.

I’m pretty much irritated that there seems to be no extensive research about this topic – if I was a researcher regarding NF this would be one of the first topics I would prepare a study for to know how a basic NF-setup has to be set up best.

Hi all,

Thanks for all of your comments. I am a newby just trying to work out what’s what in the Neurofeedback world and have found it incredibly difficult to find information from someone who is not in some way connected to a neurofeedback software company. I am a clinician working in Australia where Neurofeedback is virtually unheard of. I recently did some training through what I thought was an educational program but later found out that the people running it are connected to a neurofeedback software company and were not very forthcoming with information about competing systems. With all that in mind… I’m after a real over view of where to start and what is needed.

So far as I understand, I need an amp (2, 4, 20 or 24 channel), software (compatible with the amp) and some form of sensors (headset, or individual sensors).

People have suggested I need access to a database also but other have said it’s unnecessary?

I haven’t heard of most of the brands discussed here but have heard good things about Brain master and their prices seem much better than anything I’ve found in competing brands (in Australia I have been quoted between $8.5k to $14k AUD just to get started with 2-4 amp device).

Someone suggested that I buy the 20 or 24 channel Discovery amp and use up to 4 channels to start with so that I already have a device that is capable of full cap work.

Apologies if anything i am asking is off topic or in the wrong forum. As I said I am very new to Neurofeedback.

Thanks I’m advance for any suggestions or information.

Cheers,

Liam

I would check out Neuromore and NeuroPype, along with MATLAB.

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Hello Liam, I wondered if you had an further information since your post. I’m a complete newby to Neurofeedback by chance with a family member using it with great results. Was looking into buying a set up for home and possibly doing some courses, and have found a lot of info around NeurOptimal only, and although it sounds good, I’m not sure. The system my family member has rented is Bioexplorer (with U-Wiz) and they are putting the electrodes on themselves. If by chance you receive my message I’d be interested to hear more (by PM or on the forum). I’m in Australia also. Thanks

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Hi Grace, that would be great. I don’t know how to private message on this forum but you can email me at LSHarkins@gmail.com

I’d be happy to trade any info that might be useful. From what I have heard of Neuro-optimal it is a one size fits all design with preset protocols. This might make it easier for home use but makes it limited in its clinical application or for individualised treatment protocols. At least that is my understanding, so I have steered away from it.

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Hi Bloom

I provide rental and purchase kits of uwiz and bioexplorer for home neurofeedback along with supervision in Australia. contact me on jonathan@yourbraintraining.com
cheers

Hi,

I want to have a software to use HEG and EEG, but I’m not sure which one is the best? Bioexplorer or Bioera or other? I read in another forum that Bioexplorer is not being updated anymore…is that true?

Thanks a lot!

Mag

I, too, have been digging into this for a while. It’s like, “I just want to learn this stuff for my own self and my own purposes! without having to spend an entire year’s salary on equipment.”

SOOO! This is what I came across, well, two things actually. And they seem very cool. So I am going to compare them with other headsets and devices and software to see if they are what I need.

If you have credentials, you can rent this for $475 per month. (if not it’s $675 per month) Seems pretty cool. And is a complete package including the laptop, software, etc.
http://brainpaint.com/

This one seems pretty inexpensive and you get to actually purchase the headset (the lowest price is $299) but some of the software licenses for this are kind of expensive. They do have free applications as well.

I know this is late and you probably have already purchased. But just in case…

Good luck to you!

Expecting Success,
Angela

Hello, this device is coming out soon and is specifically designed to be mass market:

I cannot speak to its quality, but I signed up for early access. I am horrified by the extreme expense involved in all things neurofeedback. Upper middle-class mental healthcare, I guess. The good new is that the technology is advancing so fast at this point that it will soon be a case of adapt or die for the current devices.

Looks similar to Muse, but without the ear connections. So only forehead EEG sites.

The Muse ‘reference’ is at Fpz, channels at AF7 AF8 TP9 TP10. By various channel subtractions, one can infer temporal / parietal activity.

I see. What a shame :frowning:

It’s hard to say at this point if they will have the ability to measure other sites beyond the forehead. Sometimes headsets have “auxiliary” channels that connect via extra plug in wires. These are then attached to the scalp via another type of electrode. Such as a cup electrode with conductive paste.

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