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N.B.: Introduction to Neurofeedback seminar - 12 September 2015

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What is a QEEG Neurodiagnostic Assessment?

The Quantitative Encephalograph (or brain mapping) involves comparison of the electrical activity generated from the brain with a database of normal individuals.  This can help locate and describe areas of abnormal functioning. The findings of the QEEG are enhanced by our capacity to compile a 3D profile of brain activity based on scalp potentials measured from multiple channel EEG data.

QEEG findings can be very useful to inform neurofeedback practitioners about the areas of the brain to target with Neurotherapy in order to improve client outcomes.  This process is different from a neurologist’s typical visual or clinical inspection of raw EEG data.  QEEG assessment is a widely accepted practice for neurovascular disorders and epilepsy and there is a growing body of research regarding the potential of this assessment for other neurological disorders e.g. ADHD.

In addition to QEEG analysis of the brain activity under resting state conditions, we are able to collect ERPs – Event Related Potentials – during a continuous performance task to provide valuable information about how the brain responds to certain stimuli and cognitive challenges. Our data analysis is completed locally and also supervised by senior clinicians of the Brain Science International (USA) and the Human Brain Institute (HBI*).

Following a QEEG assessment, Michelle Aniftos, Clinical Psychologist, will interpret the findings in light of the current reason for referral. If there is evidence of a brain-based contributor to the presenting symptoms, neuropsychological intervention (neurotherapy, NFB) may be recommended if NFB is regarded as an efficacious treatment for the identified problem. If a medical issue of concern is indicated, the patient will be referred on for specialist neurological assessment.

What is Neurotherapy (NFB)?

NFB involves the individual viewing their brainwaves on a computer screen, thus giving them the ability to influence and change them.  In a session, sensors are pasted on the subject’s head. (Nothing is sent into the head. EEG is simply measured and monitored.)  Brainwaves are then displayed on one computer where the therapist monitors them, and on a second computer where they are displayed in an interactive "game" format (e.g. like Pac-man). The child or adult then "plays" the game by controlling their attention. When their brainwaves are in the focused zone, Pac-Man moves; when they space out, Pac-Man stops.

This simple feedback teaches the brain to stay in a relaxed yet alert state. These changes are short lived at first, and then become more enduring after a number of sessions. Neurotherapy enhances cognitive flexibility and control. Furthermore, a number of peer reviewed research studies demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to healthier functioning (e.g., to improve concentration, improve relaxation).  A minimum of 20 sessions is recommended for statistically and clinically significant results, however some clients report positive benefits after very few sessions and for some conditions, long term training is required.

A comprehensive neurofeedback bibliography can be found at:

http://www.isnr.net/resources/comprehensive-bibliography.cfm

 

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