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Mining clinical data for evidence of the efficacy of Neurofeedback.

Mining clinical data for evidence of the efficacy of Neurofeedback.

As practitioners, we may find ourselves ahead of the research in our implicit knowledge and belief in the efficacy of neurofeedback as an intervention option for improved brain-based functioning. There is a wealth of potential research data nested deeply within the archives of our client records but data mining for research is fraught with ethical and methodological dangers. In this session, Michelle aims to inform and inspire colleagues to adopt clinical practices that enable client data to be collated for research.

Areas of Interest / Categories: ANSA, ANSA 2012, Neurofeedback

ANSA 2012

The impact of dopamine depletion on brain functional connectivity: Basis and clinical implications.

In this talk, Richard Silberstein describes research findings examining the effects of dopamine depletion and dopamine agonists on brain functional connectivity. These findings are also discussed in

Self Directed Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity ranks as one of the most exciting findings to emerge from the “Decade of the Brain” as it opened doors to a number of emerging interventions for altering brain functions.

Slow Cortical Potentials

They can either facilitate or inhibit learning by the brain during such operations. This is achieved via tonic regulation of a cortical region (“cortical sheet”) to either lower (increased

LENS: Low Energy Neurofeedback System. How it is incorporated into our clinical practice.

This presentation provides a brief description of the development of LENS and what is involved when treating clients with LENS. This treatment will be compared with more traditional forms of Neurofeedback.

Deriving Neurofeedback training protocols from EEG analysis and symptom presentation.

This presentation reviews the historical development of symptom guided neurofeedback (NFB) and EEG / QEEG based NFB, and their more recent synthesis in clinical practice. In the late 1960s, Professor Barry Sterman founded the field of NFB with his discovery that NFB can control seizure disorders. From that point on, practitioners began using NFB to treat a wide variety of disorders, mostly tracking changes in symptoms to guide NFB. At the same time, university based research continued to correlate EEG patterns with symptoms. With the rise of Quantitative EEG analysis in the 1980s, it was proposed to use deviations from normative data to guide NFB. Both voltage based norms and coherence based norms were developed. Thus two schools of thought developed, and a certain rivalry emerged between the two. 

The use of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for complex clients.

During this session, Terry discusses
• The principle of operation of tDCS;
• The operation of the tDCS hardware;
• Site selection;
• Resources available;