There is a lot of confusion out there regarding "IBVA" since the USA company ceased trading - as their website is still online, but not active. IBVA UK is not connected to them. IBVA UK provides international sales and training, and aims to develop new associations and projects with people who have a creative vision with technology, to make the future become the now.
The EEG evolved from research among physiologists in the 1800s on the electrical properties of animals. In 1875, Richard Caton of Liverpool, England, published reports on his detection of electrical activity in animal brains. Fifteen years later, a Polish physiologists, Adolf Beck, detected regular electrical patterns in the cerebral cortexes of dogs and rabbits.
By 1908 the Austrian Psychiatrist Hans Berger
discovered brainwaves- as we now know EEG, the first ones appropriately
were named Alpha waves (8-12hz). He kept his discovery secret for almost
20 years - believing he was unraveling secrets of ESP. In the 1920s Berger
obtained his first results in subjects who had skulls with gaps under
the skin where bone was missing. He made recordings on moving photographic
paper with a wavy spot of light!!
In 1962 the american Dr Joe Kamiya's report
changed everything - that people could in fact learn voluntary control
of their own brain waves. Brain wave feedback training was heralded primarily
as promoting relaxation and mental creativity. This was the first case
in the Western world of EEG biofeedback training, and it began with control
of Alpha waves.
In the USA in 1989, Peniston and Kulkosky reported a stunning research result in which stage 4 alcoholism (with a long-term history of treatment failure) was essentially fully re mediated in some Vietnam veterans by a treatment program which included alpha training as a primary component. This result was so incredible that initially it was given essentially no credence by the scientific community.
What is most striking is the fact that these early results have held up in follow-up over the subsequent ten years, which takes us almost up to the present. The work has also been replicated in a number of other studies, and has been extended to other drugs of choice. Together, these results are giving rise to a reappraisal of alpha training, now called alpha-theta training because of the inclusion of even lower frequencies in the reward, namely the theta region of frequencies (4-8 Hertz).
EEG is an acronym for Electroencephalograph - This is a recording ("graph") of electrical signals ("electro") from the brain ("encephalo"). They are made on chart paper that moves underneath pens that are connected to galvanometers that read the electrical signals from electrodes on the scalp. These electrodes do not send any electricity to the person. They only receive electrical signals naturally generated by the brain.