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Self Directed Neuroplasticity

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. We generally focus on the positive potential associated with the discovery, but, of course, what it really indicated was that the brain is continually being sculpted by its experiences, both external and internal. Neuroplasticity can shape the patterns of brain functioning through habit and happenstance, or it can be directed through particular experiences to function better in a more deliberately determined manner. Applying what we have learned in the area of improved emotion regulation will continue to be one of the most important uses of the knowledge and skills we have acquired. Good emotion regulation is directly related to improved brain regulation. Neurofeedback has proven to be a highly beneficial approach for improving brain regulation and continues to contribute to improvements in emotion regulation skills.

Speakers: Dr Ed Hamlin
Areas of Interest / Categories: ANSA, ANSA 2012, Neurobiology, Neuroplasticity

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

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

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;