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Neurocore and Pseudoscience

Neurocore is a “for profit” group of scientist located in Michigan and Florida, which specializes in treating certain brain disorders, such as ADHD, sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s, headaches, migraines, dementia and other diseases related to the brain. Their official website makes no claims or guarantees that their treatments can cure any of the illnesses listed in their literature or website. A recent article written for the RationalWiki states Neurocore as a “brain training” entity, which uses computer software to help eliminate failed neuro functions; however, recent research has shown there is no scientific evidence that proves that the methods and treatments used by Neurocore are scientifically provable. Neurocore’s 8 centers are located in Michigan Florida and have received gifts from Bety DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education. Learn more about Neurocore at Crunchbase.

There is evidence to show more negative feedback surrounds the company than positive support from legitimate scientific and peer-reviewed literature. Neurocore uses high-pressure selling techniques in order to bring about its success or gain new clients and patients. The noted child psychiatrist, Dr. Matthew Siegel, believes that this kind of pseudoscience does more hard to children than good. Dr. Siegel is a renowned practitioner at the Tufts School of Medicine who has published widely in the field of autism standards. Dr. Siegel doesn’t support such kinds of diversions from true medical and scientifically verifiable methods and practices and encourages others to not use them. Read more about Neurocore at glassdoor.com.

Neurocore has received other negative responses from the peer-reviewed journal community, since its first published article in March 2017 in NeuroRegulation. The peer-reviewed journal community cautioned others who read this study that no control group was used in the study presented by the Neurocore researchers; furthermore, it was found out that the NeuroRegulation editor was also involved in the business of brain training, causing suspicion that NeuroRegulation and Neurocore had more than scientific goals as their interest. The CEO of NeuroRegulation stated to the scientific community that he felt Neurocore’s research would not have the scientific clout to pass stricter regulations by the broader scientific community, especially those which require the use of a control group and relevant data that is scientifically based on hard statistical and measurable data.

There has been researching and data collected to show that neurofeedback is a form of scientific methods used to treat subjects in art, music, and dance; on the other hand, the same success of neurofeedback on ADHD and other brain-related illnesses is scientifically inconclusive. In fact, the consensus has been that any “brain-training software” is able to bring about the enhancement of cognition when carried on outside the laboratory is inconsistent and inconclusive; in other words, the work of Neurocore is primarily outside of the scientific community and is seen as a pseudoscience.

Check: http://yourlisten.com/Neurocore