Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience — Spring 2017 45 Presentation: Neurofeedback Results Match Meditation Signposts Presenter: Rudolph Grant, MA Student reviewer: Alexa Carter Rudolph Grant outlined the similarities between meditation and neurofeedback. He explained that the brain is biased toward negative events and is naturally jumpy. Our goal is to act against these natural tendencies. Both meditation and neurofeedback aid in this, as they each provide awareness of our mind’s wandering and how to “let go.” Some benefits of letting go that he outlined are mindfulness, curiosity, persistence, joy, stillness, focus, resilience, and freedom. He described the combination of meditation and neurofeedback as “neuro-awakening.” He then emphasized the importance of dos- age, which allows for optimal integration in neuro-awakening. At the end of his presen- tation, Rudolph directed everyone in a meditation, which was received very well. The atmosphere in the room after the meditation was very calm and peaceful, and listeners could be heard describing their transcendental experiences during the meditation and their feelings of being more connected to everyone else in the room. Presentation: New Findings in the Exploration of the Human Brain Presenter: Barry Sterman, PhD Student reviewer: Sarah Lombardi The aura in the audience for Dr. Barry Sterman was one of great anticipation—like waiting to hear from a celebrity. Many gathered in the conference room eagerly, wanting to learn from a prominent neurofeedback researcher. A myriad of technical difficulties at the start made the eagerness even more palpable. All attendees sat silently—waiting for the technical difficulties to resolve. Then, Dr. Sterman greeted us with a single word: “Observe.” Meant as a piece of advice, he ex- plained that to observe is to gain an increasing amount of knowledge that would make our private practices and research laboratories invaluable. Observation is useful to see patterns and redirect our thinking, he noted. Further, Dr. Sterman made sure to explain that prudent observation allows us practitioners and researchers to explore questions like: “What is going on here?” and “How can we understand this?” Many scribbled this advice fervently, as hearing from their celebrity was a meaning- ful experience not to be forgotten. Although one can refer back to his/her scribbled