For many people, Neurofeedback has only recently been “discovered” but it has been around for decades. Over the course of years, many research studies have been done that have proven its power in addressing a variety of disorders ranging from epilepsy to autism to migraines to ADD/ADHD.
A select short list of research about Neurofeedback
Below we’ve selected a combination of studies designed to give you a good feel for the field. If there’s a link, it is usually to an abstract or article or the full study.
The EEG Institute’s role in the growing body of research into Neurofeedback has focused mainly on the attention, learning, and behavior problems of children.
In the latter half of the nineties they were involved in the largest study of Neurofeedback for addictions, conducted at CRI-Help, a residential treatment center in North Hollywood. The results were stunningly favorable, showing that three-fourths of the participants were no longer abusing drugs or alcohol a year after treatment. This was three times better than the controls, who were getting the standard treatment. More
Neurofeedback was initially discovered for the treatment of Epilepsy and from 1976 investigated further for the treatment of ADHD. This technique has become more popular by clinicians worldwide, and is currently provided for the treatment of several disorders. Critics have often questioned the efficacy of Neurofeedback and whether it can be considered an evidence based treatment or not.
In collaboration with researchers from Tubingen University (Germany), Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands), Brainclinics and EEG Resource Institute a so-called meta-analysis was conducted on all published research about Neurofeedback treatment in ADHD. Based on this study, it could be concluded that Neurofeedback can indeed be considered an evidence based treatment for ADHD. More
The field of Neurofeedback training has proceeded largely without validation. In this article the authors review studies directed at validating sensory motor rhythm, beta and alpha-theta protocols for improving attention, memory, and music performance in healthy participants. More
Neuroscientists are discovering with the advanced technology of the fMRI what has been known and practiced for more than 30 years using the ‘‘poor man’s’’ form of neuroimaging: the electroencephalograph (EEG).
As this issue of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America makes clear, there is an ample body of extant research on EEG biofeedback (EBF). Most of the EBF research has demonstrated what these three most recent fMRI studies have replicated using a more complex and sophisticated imaging technology. The results indicate that we are able to use real-time information about brain function to alter and enhance that function. More
Application areas of Neurofeedback include in particular Attention Deficit Disorder, the Anxiety-Depression spectrum, seizures and addictions. We feature the key papers in the important application areas, as well as early papers that highlight emerging applications: the disruptive behavior disorders such as Oppositional-Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder; the Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s; Bipolar Disorder; Specific Learning Disabilities, including Dyslexia; sleep disorders; Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; women’s issues such as PMS and menopause; issues of aging such as Parkinsonism and dementia, and Age-Related Cognitive Decline; and, finally, pain syndromes such as migraine, as well as the management of chronic pain. More
This paper summarizes data from a review of Neurofeedback (NFB) training with 150 clients with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and 9 clients with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) seen over a 15 year period (1993-2008) in a clinical setting. The main objective was to investigate whether electroncephalographic (EEG) biofeedback, also called Neurofeedback (NFB), made a significant difference in clients diagnosed with AS. More