ANSA 2014

Case Studies with LORETA and Surface Z Score Neurofeedback Neurotherapy

ERPs: the what, where, why and how of event-related electrical potentials

Neurofeedback: Re-shaping the brain by applied brain plasticity

The brain is an information processing machine adjusting itself to the environment. Information processing can be defined as reducing uncertainty. It has been suggested that the brain developed from an evolutionary point of view once living creatures started moving around in a changing and thus uncertain environment. 

Mechanisms of neuron selection and synchronization and why Psychiatry cannot afford to be Neurophobic

LORETA Z Score training for those with learning disabilities

Dr Natalie Challis has found that effective treatment of Neurobehavioural disorders require a 4 pillared approach: Brain – QEEG and an individualised Loreta Neurofeedback protocol, Body – The clinical application of functional neurology focuses on regulating the activity of the brain, which stimulates changes throughout the nervous system, Behaviour – Working with an educational specialist, and a psychologist, to reinforce the neurological change into behaviour and Balance – Both the gut and brain originate early in embryogenesis from the same clump of tissue, which divides during fetal development.

Using QEEG Parameters to track improvements in depression

How to create ex-migraineures with comprehensive Neurotherapy

Something in my brain has gone terribly wrong -- help me

Considerable evidence exists to suggest that a variety if not all cortical systems can undergo some type of plastic reorganisation. Modulation of afferent input (sensory deprivation or sensory increase) to the cortical areas represents at least one factor that determines the type of reorganisation observed. This innate plastic response is probably determined to a certain extent by the central integrative state of the neurons and glial components of the functional projection networks involved.

The use of tDCS for panic attacks

The use of tDCS in the treatment of neuropathic back pain: a case study

This presentation is a single case study involving the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in the treatment of neuropathic back pain, with symptoms described in the lumbar-sacral region of the spine and down the left leg. An examination of the literature indicated that 40-50 percent improvement in pain perception might follow anodal stimulation over the primary motor cortex (M1). Given the report of left leg symptoms, anodal stimulation was applied to the scalp over M1 on the left.

ANSA 2015

Heart Rate Variability Training for Dissociative Disorders

This presentation will cover the dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system that occurs in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and conditions where dysautonomia is present, such as developmental trauma and

Leptin, obesity and cognition

Leptin is one of the key elements of communication between the brain and the body’s nutritional reserves. When there is excess calorie accumulation, in the form of increased fat, this adipokine principally sends the brain a signal to decrease food intake and increase energy expenditure. The metabolic and endocrine roles of leptin have been exhaustively studied; however, its effects on human cognition are less clear. Our group and others, in a body of research spanning two decades, have shown that both in rare patients with genetically-based leptin deficiency, as well as in the general population, leptin has multiple effects on the brain, impacting not only on mental functions related to food-processing, but also on overall cognition.

Treatment of ADHD & Autism/Asperger's using Neurotherapy

Targeting the brain in chronic pain: the role of cortical body representation

Pain is frustratingly complex. Some people who have terrible injuries report very little pain while others develop terrible pain following a very minor event. This suggests that pain is not related only to the degree of physical injury and as such, other processes must contribute to the experience of pain. A growing body of evidence suggests that people in pain often have an altered perception of their body part. For example, it may feel too big or too small than its actual size. Further, people in pain have disruptions in the evaluation of incoming information from that painful body part and from the space surrounding it.

The Effects of QEEG Guided Neurofeedback on Post-Concussion Syndrome

This presentation describes the case of a 17 year old female athlete who suffered two consecutive concussions, producing post-concussion headache symptoms. The athlete was assessed following the initial

A systematic review of the contribution of EEG to the diagnosis of ADHD

Despite the prevalence and generally chronic course of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) throughout childhood, clinical diagnosis is dependent on traditional methods of behavioural observation with no routine biological testing to clarify the nature of the underlying neurological disorder or to inform relevant treatment. The current review briefly describes the unique neurological attributes of ADHD and the potential of neurophysiological data to inform diagnosis and assessment of ADHD and then presents a concerted effort to systematically identify all relevant primary research. After applying appropriate inclusion and exclusion criteria, 26 citations were considered eligible for this review. 

Pre & Post Cellfield Electroencephalography Measures in an Autism Spectrum Client

Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) Assessment and Event Related Potential (ERP) Analysis pre and post Cellfield has revealed changes in visual processing and visual attentional control. This

Neurofeedback Improves Visual-spatial Attention in Aspiring Elite Table Tennis Players

Previously Brown and Jamieson found that increased Mu rhythm (10-12Hz) localised at right BA6/BA13 differentiates elite from amateur table tennis players while viewing an elite opposing player. These cortical regions include nodes in both the dorsal attention network (identifying 'where' an object is in space relative to one’s body) and in the ventral attention network (identifying and selecting salient sensory information). These results suggest engagement of a timing mechanism by elite table tennis players regulating alpha oscillations relative to incoming stimuli, allowing for optimal efficiency in selecting salient information and, importantly, inhibiting irrelevant information.

Targeting the brain in chronic pain: the role of cortical body representation

Pain is frustratingly complex. Some people who have terrible injuries report very little pain while others develop terrible pain following a very minor event. This suggests that pain is not related only to the degree of physical injury and as such, other processes must contribute to the experience of pain. A growing body of evidence suggests that people in pain often have an altered perception of their body part. For example, it may feel too big or too small than its actual size. Further, people in pain have disruptions in the evaluation of incoming information from that painful body part and from the space surrounding it.

Heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback increases vagal modulation at baseline and during orthostatic stress

HRV biofeedback produces an immediate increase in vagal modulation (cardiac risk marker) by guiding the user to adopt a slow rhythmic breathing pattern. A gap in the HRV biofeedback literature includes a lack of knowledge concerning the persistence of this increase in vagal modulation at baseline and under dynamic stress conditions. The current study aimed to assess the effect of 30 days of HRV biofeedback training on vagal modulation at baseline and during both orthostatic and mental stress.

ANSA 2016

Sweet Dreams; The Last Hurdle in Treating the Traumatised Client

Low-Beta (15-20Hz) Neurofeedback and Motor Performance

EEG Neurofeedback Training (NFT) is a non-invasive neurophysiological technique, aimed at facilitating learned self-regulation of electrical activity of the brain. Beyond research into clinical applications of neurofeedback, a relative surge of interest into the methodology has led to attempts to apply EEG neurofeedback as a means to facilitate performance enhancement among non-clinical populations. One such domain is the enhancement of athletic performance and motor function. While significant attempts have been undertaken to investigate outcomes of sensori-motor rhythm (12-15Hz) modulation on aspects of motor performance, research exploring behavioural outcomes of EEG-NFT targeting the beta frequencies (15-20Hz) appear scarce.

Building an Evidence Based Practice: Use of Event Related Potentials (ERPs) in Clinical Assessment and Evaluation of Treatment Outcomes

A Neuropsychological Approach to Assessment & Treatment of PTSD

Deep Trauma; Deep Inquiry; Deep Holding: The role of the therapist in the integration of neurofeedback and psychotherapy

Regardless of the kind of therapy we practice, the primary treatment goal with those who have suffered developmental trauma is affect regulation. Neurofeedback can teach brains how to quiet their own limbic eruptions and ease the pulses of fear, shame and rage that overtake these patients.  Developmental trauma is, however, a relational disorder. At its core is the profound experience of motherlessness. This cannot be addressed by neurofeedback alone. With understanding, skill and neurofeedback, psychotherapists can begin to provide an experience of regulation that these patients have not had and with that an experience of having been mothered. This workshop will focus on what the therapist treating developmental trauma must know about the interplay of affect regulation and motherlessness, how neurofeedback can affect the therapy relationship for both patient and therapist and what to anticipate in the therapeutic relationship as you begin to quiet affect. We will touch on the latest developments in the neuroscience of trauma to better understand well- tested and newer protocols for those suffering the aftermath of developmental trauma.

Alpha Theta Training in the 21st Century

This presentation will look at the lifeline of alpha theta training from birth to its current status. From the Menninger Clinic to the prevailing and varying approaches by Bill Scott, Tato Sokhadze,

Applied Neuroscience: Neurofeedback Enhances Executive Functioning

This lecture shows how trauma directly affects the developing brain, and specific brain functions responsible for attention, concentration, regulating emotions and engaging in satisfying relationships. Even after receiving excellent therapy many traumatised children and adults continue to feel chronically on edge, scared, agitated, collapsed and helpless. To deal with this they often try to cope with alcohol or drugs, while doctors prescribe a large variety of different medications that may make life more manageable but that also affect motivation and curiosity, and that rarely really resolve the problem.

Neurofeedback for Dyslexia

Developmental Dyslexia is the most common learning disability diagnosed in children (Ziegler et al., 2008), estimated to affect between 5 to 17.5% (Shaywitz, 1998). Longitudinal studies reveal that children with dyslexia display persistently poorer literacy than peers even after intensive intervention (e.g. Shaywitz, 2003). Neuroimaging studies reveal underactivity in the left posterior language areas of the brain in both adults and children relative to controls during phonological tasks (Hoeft et al., 2006). Advances in the use of Neurotherapy for the treatment of a range of psychological conditions (e.g. in ADHD, see Arns et al., 2009), lend support for its use as a treatment tool for normalising language function.

Heart Rate Variability Training for Dissociative Disorders

A systematic review of the contribution of EEG to the diagnosis of ADHD

Despite the prevalence and generally chronic course of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) throughout childhood, clinical diagnosis is dependent on traditional methods of behavioural observation with no routine biological testing to clarify the nature of the underlying neurological disorder or to inform relevant treatment. The current review briefly describes the unique neurological attributes of ADHD and the potential of neurophysiological data to inform diagnosis and assessment of ADHD and then presents a concerted effort to systematically identify all relevant primary research. After applying appropriate inclusion and exclusion criteria, 26 citations were considered eligible for this review.