PeakMind is a Swansea University
spin-out enterprise, having been awarded a grant from Finance Wales and
receiving support from the Department of Psychology within the
university. Dr. Soren Andersen and Dr. Neil Rutterford founded PeakMind
in September 2005.
||Dr. Soren Andersen, a Danish citizen
of 35, completed his PhD in Psychophysiology in 2004 from the
University of Portsmouth, focusing on the biological basis of
behaviour, emotions and personality. He received neurofeedback training
from the Society
of Applied Neuroscience (SAN) of which he is a council
He has also represented Denmark in
the Diagnostic and Treatment working group of the European COST Action
B27 initiative: “Electric Neuronal Oscillations and Cognition”, which
focuses on the use of electric neuronal oscillations in the diagnosis
and treatment of cognitive disorders.
is both a neurofeedback researcher and practitioner and his research
interests centre around personality and individual differences and
their influence on the spontaneous EEG, as well as their moderating
impact on the conditioning process during neurofeedback training. Soren
has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
to investigate the efficacy of neurofeedback in reducing anxiety. He
also acts as supervisor for BSc and MSc research students from Aalborg
University, Denmark. Recently, he supervised a master student who
succesfully completed a controversial theoretical thesis on addiction
to stress (march 2009).
Dr. Neil Rutterford, CPsychol CSci.
works at a university in Cambridge as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to his
appointment to this post in August 2008, Neil was Head of Centre for
Psychology and Counselling at Swansea Metropolitan University . He
completed a PhD in neuropsychology at Swansea University in 2005 after
working in clinical settings with a number of neurorehabilitation
providers. Neil received EEG Spectrum accredited training in
neurofeedback in 2005 and has since practised this treatment approach
as a director of PeakMind.
Neil has published a number of
articles in peer-reviewed journals and
presented his work at international and national conferences. He also
supervises several research students, and projects on which Neil is
currently working include the efficacy of neurofeedback in a traumatic
brain injury population; efficacy of neurofeedback in enhancing
executive function performance; combining biofeedback and
cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques in treating Sudanese people
with social phobia; investigating the inhibition of responses after
ventro-medial brain damage.
well as being a Chartered Psychologist, Neil is a member of the
Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology of the British
Psychological Society, and an associate member of the British
Neuropsychological Society, International Neuropsychological Society,
and Society of Applied Neuroscience.
Pacheco is currently studying for he PhD in Cambridge. Her research
project is focused on the applications of neurofeedback for cognitive
enhancement purposes. She received training in neurofeedback provided
by the Society of Applied Neuroscience in 2008.
Berta finsihed her Psychology Degree at the
University of Lisbon in
2007, where she received training in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive
Behavioural interventions. Berta also worked in the Psychology
Department of a paediatric hospital in Lisbon, where she provided
psychological support and psychological assessments to children and
Berta is graduate member of the British Psychological Society, a member
of the International Soceity for Neurofeedback and Research, Society of
Applied Neuroscience, and Association of Applied Psychophysiology and