Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Neurofeedback and Fractals

The beautiful wavelike image at the top of this blog and the small square images are all fractals. What does this have to do with neurofeedback?

Fractal geometry is everywhere in nature. Other examples where you can see this self-similarity are the branching of trees, frost crystals, the surface of the moon, spider webs, the structure of the heart – and it is there in the electrical activity of your brain.

Fractals display what is called self-simularity. They repeat themselves, but not quite exactly. (Go look at a head of broccoli - the whole head looks like a giant version of one of the small florets, and each floret is made up of many tiny florets - similar but not identical.)

You can clearly see the way fractals repeat their parts by watching this beautiful video.



For more about these fascinating images, visit the Fractals page of the New York Neurofeedback website.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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