By: Dr. David Rabiner
Neurofeedback — also known as EEG Biofeedback — is an approach for treating ADHD in which individuals are provided real-time feedback on their brainwave activity and taught to alter their typical EEG pattern to one that is consistent with a focused and attentive state. According to neurofeedback proponents, this often results in improved attention and reduced hyperactive/impulsive behavior.
Several years ago I summarized the scientific support for neurofeedback treatment — see here - and noted that Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. David Rabiner
(Editor’s Note: Neurofeedback is one of the technologies that people often ask us about. It is a promising intervention in a variety of areas, and has got significant traction in helping kids with ADD/ ADHD. Now, given the significant cost it poses for parents, we need to ask the question: “How Strong is the Research Support for Neurofeedback Treatment of Children with ADHD”? We are honored to present the thoughts of Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner, a leading authority on the field, on that important issue. As a bonus, you will enjoy his detailed description and suggestions of how to design a high-quality scientific study.)
(Update as of March 2009: Dr. David Rabiner has written an update to the article below based on a newer study. You can read it clicking on link: New Study Supports Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD)
How Strong is the Research Support for Neurofeedback Treatment of Children with ADHD?
Neither of the two prominent approaches to treating ADHD — medication treatment and behavior therapy — are expected to effect long term changes in the child. Medication treatment induces short-term changes in brain activity that is associated with a reduction in symptoms for many individuals. Behavior therapy attempts to create a set of environmental contingencies that promote desired behavior in the child, but which is unlikely to endure when those contingencies are removed.
In recent years, researchers have begun devoting greater attention to the possibility that children — and adults — may be provided with particular kinds of experiences that may induce alterations in brain functioning that are associated with more enduring changes, i.e., they do not dissipate as soon as treatment ends.
Neurofeedback — also known as EEG Biofeedback — is reflective of this approach and has a history that goes back Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
A blog carnival is a collection of good blog posts around a specific topic, published usually every 2 or 4 weeks. This time many carnivals included some of our articles, so we have a longer than usual list. Take a look at the topics you may be interested in.
The first 5 carnivals did the most creative work, in our view, to display all the content: Read the rest of this entry »