A Symphony in the Brain

The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Newly Revised and Expanded Edition

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, the numerous advances have driven the need for a revised edition to 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.

©2000, 2008 Jim Robbins. Revised edition. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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The greatest unknown method.

Great book. Gives a great overview of the growth of Neurofeedback. Since it has been published there has been a lot of improvements. It even addresses the beginning of the Othmer Method (a very successful symptom approach method in treatment as apposed to the diagnosis model.

Good narrator.

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excellent historical survey

This audio was excellent. Well researched, written and performed. I valued the historical survey of this promising field.

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This book blew my mind

I really enjoyed this introduction to the burgeoning field of neurofeedback. I’m excited to see where we go from here.

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A good background into the history of Biofeedback

A good background into the history of Biofeedback, where this medical field originated and the challenges it has faced in getting to where it is today. Very well read and lots of background information. Not something you might read multiple times but a very informative audiobook.

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Fascinating and motivating

fascinating and motivating journalistic look at the history and efficacy real life stories of founders, advocates, patients and families.

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Very informative

Fall of a complete history of Nuro feedback. Very comprehensive for the average reader. Seems to be a good unbiased review In a field full of bias.

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Muy Útil por su imparcialidad

Relata la historia y describe a los protagonistas del Neurofeedback desde un punto de vista imparcial pero muy cercano ya que antes de su trabajo conoció incluso a un niño vecino de su comunidad que se benefició del tratamiento

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Some good stuff here, but a lot of padding

It’s interesting enough to stay with, which makes it all the more unfortunate that one has to sit through details that are fairly irrelevant like what someone is eating at a certain meal, or what the weather was like at a certain meeting. It’s like the author wasn’t able to enter the mind of the listener and take that track but instead infused long winded details that didn’t have anything to do with what the book is purportedly about. The best part was a four minute section around what yogis are able to do in controlling their body. Wish there was more about that. An entire chapter about a family and their son with epilepsy, and their siblings with who knows what. Push me to write this review out of frustration. I will not be re-reading this book. The reading is not bad. This is a professional book narrator which I appreciate.

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Enlightening to say the least.

Worth the listen, especially if you are contemplating neurofeedback training. Lots of background and anecdotal stories, while imparting a greater understanding of the theory behind why this works.

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Life Changing Book!

The material in this book is applicable to everyone and every age. The science is a behind it is simplified, explaining how brain waves play a major role in the function and performance. This book helped me to find treatments for my adhd depression and anxiety and I no longer have to suffer with. I hope everyone learns how Neurofeedback can eliminate personality disorders, health issues and more with out the use of pharmaceuticals.