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Dr. Karen S. Doctor of Philosophy

San Francisco, California
Greetings! I am a clinical neuropsychologist by training, which means that I am trained to work... Full Bio
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Infrared Light Stimulation - Can It Help Dementia? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The answer is "we don't know".But the Quietmind Foundation is trying to find out.They are currently looking for participants for their clinical trial looking at whether ... Read on »
Have Chronic Pain?: Student Researcher Needs Your Help! by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Daniel Gingras is a graduate student working with Dr. Paul Wong who is doing a follow-up study to his thesis on meaning and quality of life for living with chronic pain ... Read on »
Neurofeedback and Chemo Brain Fog by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Catherine Boyer, a neurofeedback practitioner in New York City recently posted this article on her own blog New York Neurofeedback : Neurofeedback and Chemo Brain Fog . ... Read on »
Neurofeedback and Sleep by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I just saw this video on neurofeedback and sleep created by another neurofeedback provider that uses the same system I do and had to share it! The Sleep Recovery Center s ... Read on »
Just For Fun: Design Using Your Brain Waves by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health It's been a while since my last post, but I wanted to quickly share this ...interesting? innovative?..."je ne sais quoi" article on two European designers who used their bra ... Read on »
Rogue Waves: The Ocean of the Brain by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I originally published this article back in 2007, but I came across a great blog post from The Squiggle Sense that further talks about how rogue waves occur and their connect ... Read on »
Seizures and Neurofeedback: A Consumer Speaks Up by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may remember a post from Bernard Ertl, the creator and moderator of the Coping with Epilepsy website and forum: Stacy's Story. Wel ... Read on »
Just for Fun: Turn Your Brain to Mush by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I had to share this! I saw it another blog -- This Old Brain -- and knew it was my responsibility to share with you some excellent strategies for Turning Your Brain into Mush ... Read on »
Opening Space for Change by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health What can we do to enhance the possibility of creating change through the use of neurofeedback? This is an especially interesting question when we are using the non-directive, ... Read on »
The Universe and the Brain: Are They So Very Different? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Someone on one of my neurofeedback forums shared this beautiful not-quite-6-minute video of the universe from large to small: Tour Through Reality . The best bit for thos ... Read on »
Just for Fun: 100 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About the Human Brain by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Alisa Miller alerted me to her fun list of 100 Fascinating Facts about the Brain -- what a great collection of all sorts of tidbits about the brain! Once I saw it, I w ... Read on »
Brain Plasticity Arrives in Toronto OR Why Haven't I Heard of Neurofeedback? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Over breakfast this morning, I read a Toronto Star article by Judy Steed about brain plasticity and the Rotman Research Institute. While I was delighted to have the ability o ... Read on »
Feeling Like A Chicken With its Head (Brain) Cut Off? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health This is a "reprint" of an entertaining and educational article from Dr. Jeff Carmen, who created the pirHEG system I write about on my website and in other blog posts. With hi ... Read on »
What is the Internet Doing to Your Brain? (Revised - links added!) by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Is the internet your brain's friend? I was asked a question by someone who was in a discussion about the internet and its influence on our brains. Specifically, they were tal ... Read on »
Do We have to DO Something To be Ourselves? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I was watching the television program NovaonPBS (Absolute Zero)last night and they were taking about a phenomenon called a "Bose-Einstein condensate" Listening to the behaviou ... Read on »
Why Haven't I Heard of Neurofeedback Before? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I get this question -- Why haven't I heard of neurofeedback before? Why didn't anyone tell me? -- all the time from my clients and people calling or writing to me to find ou ... Read on »
Is Neurofeedback just a "placebo effect"? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I had a great question the other day from a reader: "My question is this:  What objective proof will  I have that these treatments are doing what's intended as opposed to a ... Read on »
Brain Training Without Equipment: Mindfulness Meditation by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Imagine yourself sitting back for a nonlinear neurofeedback session.... That means that your brain is going to have a "conversation" with itself (which I recently described ... Read on »
What Does Change Feel Like? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I joined a conversation over at the Shift in Action website which was hosted by a member named Rod Sherwin. He posed a question about how we can know when shifts in consci ... Read on »
Mindfulness: A tool for brain training? by Dr. Karen S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Sorry to go missing for the summer - I seemed to have taken a writing-free vacation! But I"m trying to ease myself back into communicating with the outside world. So let's get ... Read on »