This month we wanted to share some recent developments in neurofeedback. It’s been an exciting month in this fast- developing field.
Can neurofeedback help you think your way out of depression?
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine tested neurofeedback (using an fMRI) in the treatment of depression.
The clinical study required patients to spend 90 minutes in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine learn to control activity in a particular part of her brain while thinking of positive memories.
Upcoming studies by the same group of researchers are planned to explore how neurofeedback treats other disorders like ADHD and cigarette addiction.
Meta-Analysis: Can Neurofeedback Effectively Treat ADHD?
“Should my family consider neurofeedback therapy for ADHD symptoms? It’s a question many clinicians are asked. Studies are encouraging, but not conclusive. Here’s what professionals — and patients — need to know.”
With ADHD patients, neurofeedback aims to help patients increase the ratio of high-frequency brain waves, leading to stronger attention and self-control.
Many ADHD brains generate an abundance of low-frequency delta or theta brain waves, and a shortage of high-frequency beta brain waves. Over 20 to 40 training sessions, neurofeedback works to reverse that ratio. The end goal is an activated, engaged brain, and an overall reduction in ADHD symptoms.
Updated May 2021