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Neurofeedback Research

Neurofeedback is the best available front-line treatment for ADHD: What is the evidence for this claim?

The primary characteristic of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is impaired executive functioning and attentional processes. These impairments involve difficulty in self-regulation which is often seen as attentional difficulties, impulsive behaviors, and hyperactivity. Furthermore, these impairments typically cause difficulty in school, social, and home settings, particularly in the organizational skills required to function efficiently in daily life. ADHD is the most common diagnosis given to school-age children in the United States, occurring in about 11% of children, and occurring more frequently in boys than girls. Medication, behavior therapy (e.g. neurofeedback training), or a combination of the two, are the most typical …

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Neurofeedback improves foreign language learning

When people learn foreign languages, it is often difficult for them to discriminate and learn sounds that do not exist in their native language. Speech sounds are a part of language-specific memories that develop categories relevant to one’s native language during childhood. Some sounds, such as “L” and “R” in English, may have two separate speech sound categories. The same “L” and “R” sounds in Japanese, however, fall within the same speech category. Therefore, it can be difficult for native Japanese speakers to differentiate similar sounding words with differences involving L’s and R’s. This auditory discrimination has shown to be …

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Neurofeedback: A noninvasive treatment for symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans

One in five veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan experience symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traditional treatments for PTSD include pharmacotherapy with medications and talk therapy, but both are limited. Pharmacotherapy addresses the symptoms of PTSD but produces side effects and does not address the underlying cause of the symptoms. Talk therapy for PTSD often focuses on recalling and re-experiencing traumatic events in an effort to relieve the ongoing symptoms. This recall of traumatic events activates the brain’s limbic system, creating a strong emotional reaction. This reaction can be counter-therapeutic and potentially impair left frontal lobe functioning, impairing self …

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New study: Neurofeedback may help with Treatment-Resistant Depression

A new pilot study out of South Korea looked at the effects of neurofeedback on Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). TRD is a debilitating form of depression that is especially resistant to pharmaceutical treatments and affects an estimated 100 million people worldwide. In the study, 12 patients with TRD went through 12 weekly neurofeedback sessions. Their TRD symptoms were measured at the start of the treatment, and again at weeks 1, 4 and 12. Researchers found that by the end of the study, 8 had experienced improvement, and 5 of those had seen their depression improve enough that they were in remission. …

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Neurofeedback and ADHD in children/adolescents

In a new pilot study, researchers conducted a structured electroencephalography-based neurofeedback training program to study its effects on a group of children and adolescents with ADHD. In the 20-week program, the 24 participants began with frequent sessions of neurofeedback (every weekday) that tapered to twice a week later in the program. Auditive reaction times were measured before and after the study, and again 6 months after the study. Researchers found small but measurable improvements in reaction time and overall performance that lasted even months later. While the small size of the group studied demonstrates the need for further research, the …

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Neurofeedback for Migraines

Anyone who has ever suffered from a migraine knows that the pain — and other associated symptoms — of this disease can be completely debilitating. This article from USA Today includes neurofeedback as one possible treatment. By teaching individuals to make subtle physical changes, such as relaxing particular muscle groups and reducing overall tension, as well as helping to calm the mind and reduce stress, the therapy can offer hope to individuals struggling with these headaches. To read more, click here.

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Neurofeedback and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a relatively common issue affecting approximately 1 in every 5 people today. Most associated with ringing in the ears, tinnitus is characterized by “hearing” sounds even when they’re not present, and can manifest as other types of sounds including roaring, buzzing, whistling, humming and more. While this is not a condition in and of itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem such as age-related hearing loss or ear injury, there is evidence to suggest that neurofeedback is an effective way for tinnitus sufferers to stop the ringing. This article contains some valuable biofeedback-based relaxation techniques designed …

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Helpful Tips to Decrease Procrastination

Research has consistently shown that our own thought patterns can have a profound impact on our behavior. A study by Dr. Erik Peper and colleagues looked at the way in which many people tend to respond to their own habits of procrastination: by beating themselves up. They found something interesting: while it is common for those who procrastinate to chastise themselves for their lack of productivity, usually assuming this will help them to correct the behavior in the future, the research shows that this actually makes the issue worse. As the researchers state in the article, “When we procrastinate or blame …

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How Neurofeedback Works for Peak Performance

Neurofeedback has been widely used to help treat mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD and more. But even people without specific mental health concerns can benefit from the treatment’s ability to boost focus and create a sense of calm wellbeing. This article from the Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at how athletes are using it to achieve peak performance in their chosen sport. Neurofeedback isn’t just useful for athletes’ peak performance, though — it has been used by business leaders, artists, and just about anyone who wants to improve their focus and calm, even under stress. …

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Treating Attention Deficit Disorder Without Ritalin

The book Getting Rid of Ritalin, written by Robert W. Hill, Ph.D. and Eduardo Castro, M.D., details how neurofeedback therapy can help individuals coping with ADD successfully improve brain function without the need for medication. The authors explore how neurofeedback works to unlock the individual’s ability to learn what different states of focus “feel like” so that they can self-regulate in the way that best optimizes their brain function and performance. According to the authors, this not only improves the brain’s cognitive function, but also boosts overall physical health, such as the cardiovascular, immune and gastrointestinal systems — in other words, …

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