Richard Soutar

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

Part 2: Listen Now!

Devastating Limitations We Can’t See: Prisoners of the Couch

Part 2 of my conversation with applied neuroscience pioneer Dr. Richard Soutar brings us into the intriguing challenge of interfacing brain change and self-awareness. Topics include: how high-functioning individuals can suffer devastating impairments without knowing it, Hedonic Adaptation or how we can heal and improve but not see it, a new paradigm of understanding how trauma can injure the brain similar to an accident or blow to the head, emotional intelligence as an integration of different parts of the brain, and, in Dr. Soutar's words, the promise that everyone can have a great story of recovery like mine. Thanks, Dr. Soutar, I’m always learning from you.

Part 1: Listen Now!

NO!! I'm Telling You, I'm Relaxed!

First, his friend asked him how relaxed he was.

“Very relaxed.” Famous words, now, in retrospect. A classmate in graduate school asked Richard Soutar if he’d like to try out some new equipment he came across that could read his brain waves. Up for trying new things, Richard let him put the sensors on his scalp. The data revealed he was anything but relaxed. Well, he did have 3 young kids and a wife on a graduate student’s budget and was trying to finish his dissertation. Okay, this made sense.

After a session to train his brain waves to reduce his overall anxiety, he experienced a life-changing shift. Thus began the career passion of applied neuroscientist, Dr. Richard Soutar. He is now considered a pioneer in the field of neurofeedback and inventor/producer of some of the leading software and hardware. Join us to learn about Dr. Soutar’s life and work and why giving up his clinical work in the last few years is helping him fulfill his passion even more.


A pioneer in the field of neurofeedback, Dr. Richard Soutar has published Five books on the topic of neurofeedback as well as a number of invited chapters and research papers and conducted workshops at conferences and clinics in the U.S and Europe. As a former professor of psychology and sociology, he has taught at both the undergraduate and the graduate level as well as a being a clinician, director and business administrator of various clinics around the country. He developed the first internet training course for neurofeedback certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and has been a BCIA mentor for over 15 years. He has served as Secretary and President of the Neurofeedback Division of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He is Director of Research and Development for New Mind Technologies where he is developing equipment, brain mapping databases and assessment instruments and software programs for neurofeedback clinicians.

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