Combining NFB with BFB Effectively Modifies Neural Networks to Improve Attention and Performance

Course Description

Improving focus and the ability to sustain attention is fundamental to dealing with problems such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But not all people with ADHD are devil-may-care: many, perhaps a majority, also suffer anxiety, especially as adults. Neurofeedback is established as efficacious in helping those with ADHD and there is clinical support for neurofeedback helping with symptoms of anxiety. Indicators of anxiety as seen in the EEG can include: excess beta activity, especially in frequencies above 20 Hz and very high amplitude high frequency alpha. Biofeedback has established efficacy for decreasing anxiety. Thus adding biofeedback to neurofeedback additionally helps reduce anxiety. The combination of ADHD symptoms plus anxiety is found in those with diverse diagnoses, including Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Post-concussion syndrome, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Affect Disorders, and movement disorders, (Tourette’s syndrome and Parkinson’s Disease). Comprehensive assessment, neural networks, and both single channel and LORETA NFB intervention will be discussed.

Objectives

Participants will be able to;

  • Explain a method for increasing SMR in patients who are hyperactive and impulsive
  • List 3 of the most common EEG findings are in ADHD.
  • List 3 neuroanatomical components of either a ventral or dorsal attention network
  • Describe basic heart–brain connections involved in heart rate variability training

Lynda Thompson, Ph.D

Lynda Thompson is a Psychologist who has done teaching, clinical psychology, school psychology and owned learning centers. She became Executive Director of The ADD Centre in Toronto in 1993 and has specialized in Neurofeedback and Biofeedback for the last quarter century. Her doctoral dissertation (1979) dealt with hyperactive children treated with methylphenidate. She is co-author with William Sears of The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child (1998) and with Michael Thompson of The Neurofeedback Book (2003, 2015), has authored and co-authored numerous chapters and papers, and presented on a range of topics including ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, stress management, postconcussion syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, and epilepsy. She is co-recipient with Michael Thompson of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (2010) and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (2016). She was awarded Fellow status by the ISNR in 2005 and by the AAPB in 2019.

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Michael Thompson, M.D.

When formerly practicing medicine, he was Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and chairman of their examinations committee in psychiatry. Numerous professional publications include A Resident’s Guide to Psychiatric Education. While Associate Professor, University of Toronto, he was psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Children’s neurology department. His publications and presentations concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback parallel those of Lynda Thompson, including The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology (2003, 2015), 48 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and more than 180 presentations in 24 countries on neurofeedback and biofeedback. He is co-recipient Lifetime Achievement Award from the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (2010) and of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (2016). Michael was awarded Fellow status by the ISNR in 2005 and by the AAPB in 2019.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

1. Combining NFB with BFB Effectively Modifies Neural Networks to Improve Attention and Performance

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