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Neurofeedback Research

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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Reading List: The Neuroscience of Human Relationships

This article explores a new book by Louis Cozolino entitled The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain. In the book, the author challenges current predominantly Western notions of “the lone and separate individual” through the lens of neuroscience. He writes that “individual neurons or single human brains do not exist in nature. Without mutually stimulating interactions, people and neurons wither and die.” This approach, thoroughly explored in the book, offers far-reaching implications for a wide variety of disciplines, from art and literature to sociology and science. To read more, click here.

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Neurofeedback and Post-Partum Depression

A new study suggests that neurofeedback may help to increase empathy in humans, including mothers suffering from post-partum depression. Marked by symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, sadness, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and irritability, the condition typically affects women within the first 3 months after giving birth, but can sometimes last longer. In this study, researchers believed they could use EEG biofeedback to locate neurological patterns associated with tenderness and affection for loved ones. They then tested whether or not participants could strengthen these patterns — and thereby increase the feelings associated with them — by using neurofeedback. According to …

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Empathy, Affection and Neurofeedback

There are few couples who haven’t heard or said something like this during an argument: “I’m not a mind reader.” This article from Scientific American discusses a fascinating study that suggest neurofeedback may hold a key toward helping couples communicate better. Researchers focused on the part of the brain associated with affiliative emotions — the “warm and fuzzy” (though not specifically romantic) emotions people feel for family members and close friends. By using the therapy to study the differences between complex social emotions such as affection, pride, tenderness, and more, and how these affected participants’ affiliative emotion levels, the researchers believe …

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More Support for Treating ADHD Using Neurofeedback

ADHD is a condition that currently affects millions of Americans. While it affects both children and adults, it is particularly prevalent among children. Neurofeedback uses technology to monitor brain activity in order to help patients discover positive brain patterns and train them to recreate them more regularly. While once considered controversial, neurofeedback continues to gain support within the medical community. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics rated the treatment as a Level 1 “Best Support” Intervention for ADHD, which is its highest available rating — putting neurofeedback on par with other widely accepted treatments such as behavioral therapy and medication! …

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What is Quantitative EEG?

This paper by Dr. David Kaiser gives a thorough overview of quantitative EEG (qEEG) and how it is used as part of neurofeedback therapy. The human brain is widely regarded as nature’s most resilient and adaptable structure, and by using qEEG to observe electrical patterns in the brain, we can identify positive patterns and train the brain to behave in optimal ways. According to the author, “the brain communicates to itself and with the body by means of these electrical changes and our emotions, perceptions, thoughts, and behaviors are the result of the totality of these electrical and chemical changes, although the exact …

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IQ Test Updates Based on Neurofeedback

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is an intelligence test individually administered to children between the ages of 6 and 16. It assesses a wide variety of cognitive abilities in order to compile an IQ score for each test-taker. This article proposes changes in the test based on using neurofeedback to treat learning disabilities in a private clinical setting. Researcher Michael Tansey, PhD, found that treatment with neurofeedback led to a significant reduction in learning disabilities and “normalized” performance in numerous areas on the WISC-R test. 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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Using Neurofeedback to Treat Fibromyalgia

This study by researchers from Myosymmetries International, Inc. in Alberta, Canada, along with David Nelson from Oregon Health Sciences University, examined patients with fibromyalgia. Researchers focused on thirty patients who met the criteria for the disease, which causes pain and tenderness throughout the body’s muscles, joints, tendons, and other tissues, as well as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and depression. Participants in the study underwent neurofeedback until they noticed improvement in their moods, mental clarity, and ease of sleep. They also found that the treatments appeared to help pain go from vague all-over body aches to more localized aches that could …

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Neurofeedback vs. Methylphenidate to treat ADHD

This study from researchers in the UK, Italy and Germany sought to compare the effectiveness of neurofeedback contrasted with popular ADHD drug methylphenidate in treating the disorder. This disorder currently affects an estimated 3-5% of schoolchildren today, causing impulsiveness and hyperactivity, and frequently causing problems at home and school. Participants in this study were between 8-12 years old. Researchers examined the differences in their overall brain function after different participant groups underwent neurofeedback therapy versus treatment via methylphenidate. Their findings were that neurofeedback provided an effective alternative treatment for those who preferred a non-pharmaceutical method. To read more, click here.

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