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Thomas F. Collura

Thomas F. Collura

Tom Collura has over 30 years experience as a biomedical engineer and neurophysiologist. He has conducted clinical research and development in evoked potentials, microelectronics, human factors, EEG mapping for epilepsy, and neurofeedback. He received undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Biology (1973) from Brown University, and received the Ph.D. (1978) in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. His graduate work focused on real-time visual and auditory evoked potentials and selective attention in a vigilance task. He spent 8 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories as a technical staff member and supervisor in integrated circuits, computers, and man/machine interfaces. He served from 1988 to 1996 on the Staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he conducted research and development in EEG mapping for epilepsy surgery, long-term EEG monitoring, and DC brain potentials. As a consultant, he has designed software and hardware for computerized tomography, automated radiometry, and automated imaging. He has conducted research in psi phenomena, and in 1984 discovered synchronous gamma EEG waves in a gifted clairvoyant. Since 1995, he has been founder and president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and papers, and has taught at the university and medical school level. He has 4 patents and 3 patents pending, all in the areas of neurofeedback, electrode technology, and evoked potentials. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, is a past board member of the International Society for Neuronal Regulation, and is president of the Neurofeedback Division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and was a 2006 recipient of the Hans Berger award of the AAPB.


c/o BrainMaster Technologies, Inc.
24490 Broadway Ave. Suite #2
Oakwood Village, OH 44146


Post-Conference #334):  Advanced BrainMaster Workshop 

This workshop will cover advanced BrainMaster training techniques including use of the Event Wizard, complex protocols, adaptive thresholding, connectivity training, z-score training, and MINI-Q based assessments.


Panel #330):  Brain, Mind, and Neurofeedback – The Next 100 Years 

This panel will be based on a brief historical and technical overview of the last 100 years of science, with a view toward anticipating and discussing developments over the next century. In particular, work in physics (field theory, quantum mechanics, nonlinear dynamics) can help to provide some sense of the types of developments that may be seen, and how the brain, mind, and neurofeedback technology may fit into the new order that is sure to emerge.


Plenary #331):  Neurophysics - a unified approach to brain and mind 

Neurophysics is a label applied to an interdisciplinary pursuit of an integrated understanding of the brain and mind. It incorporates a great deal of “old” science, but it is a new science for the future. This talk will describe the emerging concepts and paradigms, and provide a perspective for viewing the developments which may be expected during the next century. Key aspects include information theory (“high-information” physics), self-organizing systems, multidimensional field potentials, and the breakdown of classical causality.


Workshop #332):  Neurophysics of optimal and psi performance 

Neurophysics is an approach to brain and mind that incorporates concepts of energy, information, and causality. It is applicable to optimal performance and psi phenomena, as well as normal brain function. This workshop will explore specific EEG phenomena that are related to highly optimal functioning and psi phenomena (telepathy, clairvoyance, healing, etc.), as a means to detect and train these qualities using neurofeedback.


EEG Foundations Course #397):  Technical Foundations of Neurofeedback 


Workshop #333):  Whole Brain and Couples/Group Training using EEG Connectivity 

This course will provide technical background and practical applications for training the whole brain using EEG feedback techniques including various measures of coherence, synchrony, and asymmetry, using a variety of methods inluding Z-score based training and BiHemiSynchronous protocols. Couples work will be covered, including joint synchrony training, group feedback, and competitive training paradigms.

 

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Post-Conference #334):  Advanced BrainMaster Workshop

Detailed hands-on workshop for BrainMaster users who are interested in learning the latest new software and hardware capabilities. The new Atlantis hardware and 3.0 software will be covered in this workshop.

 

Panel #330):  Brain, Mind, and Neurofeedback – The Next 100 Years

The panel will describe the major historical and technical factors that underlie the current field of neurofeedback. Discussants will explore how certain new developments may become possible, as a result of significant further scientific and engineering efforts. The panel will then discuss how the future of the science of the brain and mind may impact our daily lives, and the society and culture in which we live.

 

Plenary #331):  Neurophysics - a unified approach to brain and mind

Neurophysics considers consciousness and mental realm as a branch of physics, one that can be quantified and applied. It endeavors to apply knowledge from a full range of disciplines, from theoretical physics and chemistry, through behavior and conditioning, cultural anthropology, philosophy, and language. Through a comprensive approach to these areas, it is possible to create a consistent understanding that includes elements of science from virtually all areas, and interrelationships between them.

 

Workshop #332):  Neurophysics of optimal and psi performance

In this workshop, we will investigate EEG patterns that have been associated with optimal mental performance, including psi phenomena. In particular, specific experiences and research results will be presented that describe EEG phenomena that are observed in connection with deep meditation, episodes of telepathy, clairvoyance, and energy healing. We will describe specific protocols that are targeted at producing enhanced states. A general model that appeals to a sequence of activation/relaxation/synchrony/phenomenology will be presented, and framed in terms of EEG training protocols. Joint work, such as with couples involved in telepathy, or healing, will be discussed.

 

EEG Foundations Course #397):  Technical Foundations of Neurofeedback

 

Workshop #333):  Whole Brain and Couples/Group Training using EEG Connectivity

This workshop will cover the basic principles of two-channel training including coherence, synchrony, spectral correlation, comodulation, phase, and sum-channel training. It will include technical and practical explanations of these metrics, as well as methods used to train them. Practical training protocols will be demonstrated, including new protocols such as the “BiHemiSynchronous” protocol that combines the effects of bihemispheric training with interhemispheric connectivity training, and the four-channel "QuadHemiSynch" protocol. Couples (two person) joint, group, and competitive synchronous training will also be explained and demonstrated.

 

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Dr. Thomas F. Collura
24490 Broadway Ave
Suite #2
Oakwood Village, Ohio  44146

phone: 440 232-6000

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