This study analysed Theta and Beta rhythms and Theta/Beta ratios to determine whether training was effective. Training focused on rewarding reductions in Theta activation and increases in Beta activation. Results found a significant change in cortical activation in 50% of participants by their 20th neurofeedback training session. Only one participant showed significant change by session 9 or 10, indicating that neurofeedback therapy would be unlikely to meet the requirements of the Australia government’s Better Access program, which limits government funding to ten sessions.
There were numerous challenges when working with data from a clinical setting and these challenges will be discussed along with recommendations for future researchers in this field.
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.
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.