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Neurofeedback News and Research March 2019

As the word gradually gets out about this amazing therapy, neurofeedback is increasingly the subject of new and larger scientific studies. We can only hope this powerful therapy will become more widely adopted by conventional medicine, allowing more patients to make improvements in a wide variety of neurological as well as mental health disorders.

This month there are two important new developments- a study on performance enhancement, and one that deals with emotional processing.

Neurofeedback Reduces Stress, Enhances Performance under Difficult Conditions

neurofeedback and performanceWhen the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science publishes a study, the world sits up and takes notice.

The current SEAS faculty include 27 members of the National Academy of Engineering and one Nobel Laureate in a faculty size of 173. In all, the faculty and alumni of Columbia Engineering have won 10 Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics.

This recent study on the effects of neurofeedback was entitled “Regulation of arousal via online neurofeedback improves human performance in a demanding sensory-motor task”. The study was based on the idea that humans make better decisions and perform better at demanding sensory motor tasks when they have control over the arousal state of their sympathetic nervous system.

The Latest Advances in the Field of Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, an alternative therapy that involves measuring and then stimulating brain waves until they reach a specific frequency, is a rapidly evolving field. Every month new developments are coming to light, as neurofeedback moves closer to the mainstream. Through research studies and clinical reviews, we are seeing more scientific proof that neurofeedback is effective in treating many different brain- based disorders.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

qEEG brain scanNeurofeedback starts with a brain map. Using a qEEG, a  neuroimaging technique also known as quantitative electroencephalogram, a neurofeedback specialist compares the frequencies of different areas of a patient’s brain with the known normal ranges. Then a treatment protocol is created designed to raise or lower the aberrant frequencies to within normal ranges.

Treatment is then administered, in the specialist’s office or at home. This involves an electronic interface consisting of a qEEG headband to measure the trained frequencies in real time, and a feedback device, usually a tablet. The patient plays a special type of video game, controlled only by brain activity!

Neurofeedback News and Research December 2018

Can Neurofeedback Help to Cure a Broken Heart?

neurofeedback and The short answer is that no research has been done! But there is some anecdotal evidence to support the possibility.

Anthropologist Helen Fisher, an expert on romantic love, and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped. They found that certain parts of the brain were overactive during these two states. She discusses it in her TED talk entitled The Brain in Love.

Recently, the professional rapper Dessa came across Dr. Fisher’s research and decided to experiment with neurofeedback in an effort to get over a past relationship.

Neurofeedback Research from November 2018

Neurofeedback versus psychostimulants in the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD

Neurofeedback for ADD and ADHDA recent systematic review that included eight randomized controlled trials that compared neurofeedback treatment to treatment with medications. Outcome measures included behavioral assessments by parents and teachers, self-reports, neurocognitive measures, and EEG measurements. The results were favorable, showing improvement in objective and subjective measures of ADHD. Neurofeedback was also able to decrease medication dosages.

Neurofeedback News and Research October 2018

Neurofeedback is Now a Viable Treatment for Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease (HD), also known as Huntington’s chorea, is an inherited disorder that results in the death of brain cells. It eventually leads to severe physical disability (patients lose the ability to walk and talk) and eventually death. Though it is a rare disease (worldwide prevalence of HD is 5–10 cases per 100,000 persons), it’s effects are debilitating and any new therapies to aid in the treatment of it are welcome, as it is considered very difficult to treat.

Researchers at University College London have shown that neurofeedback can increase connectivity in the brains of Huntington’s patients. Their study, “Stimulating neural plasticity with real-time fMRI neurofeedback in Huntington’s disease: A proof of concept study,” appeared in the journal Human Brain Mapping.