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Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback Research
 

Research Guide

Dr. Cory Hammond of the Univ. of Utah School of Medicine compiled this comprehensive list of studies and articles for the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR). The organization encourages much more research. Additional research will help neuroscientists understand why Neurofeedback is often effective with many brain-based conditions. Over 1000 published studies are listed in this link that support the field. The initial research in Neurofeedback starting in the late 1960’s was animal based. One of the first studies published showed that training cats to change their EEG increased their seizure threshold (reduced seizures). Before any human studies, there was solid animal research establishing that animals can change their EEG and that changes produce a profound effect on brain function.

This research listing categorizes by ADHD and Attention, migraines, anxiety, depression, seizures and a variety of other conditions.

> Neurofeedback research guide

Medical Journals

Clinical EEG & Neuroscience Journal
” . . . In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used.”
Clinical EEG and Neuroscience – January 2000

> View the abstracts here

Major Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Journal
Emerging Interventions: Focus – Neurofeedback, Transcranial Stimulation, Vagus Nerve Stimulation
This medical journal has been around many years. It is well respected by child and adolescent psychiatrists. The bulk of the January 2005 issue focused on neurofeedback as an emerging intervention. Dr. Hirshberg, the editor, was one of the presenters at the American Psychiatric Association neurofeedback workshop in May 2004.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, January 2005

> View the abstracts here

Articles

Alice in Neuroland
Psychotherapy Networker
Katy Butler Sept/Oct 200

Networker Features Editor Katy Butler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2004. She’s written for the New Yorker and The New York Times, and teaches memoir writing at the Esalen Institute each fall.

> View excerpts from the article

ADHD & The Nature of Self-Control – Revisiting Barkley’s Theory of ADHD
David Rabiner, Ph.D.Duke University.

> View article

Playing mind games
San Jose Mercury News, Calif. – June 12, 2008

Excerpt:
Ryan Withers had so much fun at his therapist’s office that his older brother got jealous. Robert wanted to play the video games, too.

The 12-year-old Ryan was having trouble paying attention to the home-school tasks his mother, Cindy Withers of San Jose, set for him. Determined to avoid drugs such as Ritalin, Withers opted for brain-training instead.

At his psychologist’s office, Ryan’s treatment included specialized video games that responded to his brain waves. By remaining focused, the boy was able to propel digital spaceships or race cars. His mother says the therapy gave him a “can-do” attitude and improved his school work.

Retraining the Brain, Using Neurofeedback to Help Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Laurence Hirshberg, Ph.D.
May-June 2004 issue of the Autism Asperger’s Digest.

> View article

Riding the Waves
Sebern Fisher Sep/Oct 2004; Vol. 28
A good discussion of psychotherapy and Neurofeedback. Sebern subtitles this “Neurofeedback: A breakthrough with learning disabilities?” but it goes far beyond that to providing some wonderful insights to the brain.

> View article

Introductory Books

Healing Young Brains: The Neurofeedback Solution
by Robert Hill, Ph.D. and Ed Castro, MD.
Bob Hill, a psychologist, makes things simple and does a very good job of explaining neurofeedback and how it’s used. Ed Castro adds some excellent information on building a healthier brain and how it can help with ADD and other problems.

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Symphony in the Brain, an early history of Neurofeedback.
by Jim Robbins
> Note: A large part of the book is available online at Google. View the online content here

Great introduction to the field from around 2000. Jim is a good science writer and has published a number of science articles for the NY Times. He gives you a “sense” of neurofeedback. It’s a bit dated now for the field (released in 1999 or 2000). The field has changed a lot since then. But it’s still a great read and helpful. There’s a good introduction of the research and history of the field.

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The 20 Hour Solution
by Mark Steinberg, Ph.D. and Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D.
Another book that explains how neurofeedback works and the kind of successes it can have.

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Other Recommended Books

> Healing ADD
> Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
> Making a Good Brain Great
-all by Daniel Amen

> The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel J. Siegel
> The Emotional Brain by Joseph Ledoux
> The Mind and the Brain : Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force Jeffrey M. Schwartz
> The Right Mind: Making Sense of the Hemispheres Robert Ornstein

 

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