2019 Conference Recording Session 1: Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, M.D: Functional Neuroanatomy Basics for Nerofeedback and Biofeedback


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Knowledge of functional neuroanatomy is necessary to understand how NFB can influence brain functions.  This workshop gives an overview of the brain’s structure, first, with an emphasis on Brodmann Areas (BAs). The primary functions of different BAs will be reviewed and dysfunction in particular areas will be linked to clinical findings in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, depression, anxiety, attention disorders, concussion. and memory deficiencies. A short discussion of connectivity will focus on commissures and fasciculi which leads to the foundations of Neural Networks: Default, Executive (memory and attention), Salience, Affect (depression and anxiety/panic), Placebo. This leads to accurate targeting of sites and connectivity using either single and two channel NFB training or LORETA NFB. The neuroanatomical rational for combining NFB training with Heart Rate Variability training will be noted. This is not a detailed course in Neuroanatomy. It only provides an overview of functional neuroanatomy that relates directly to the clinical work that we do every day.

Learning Objectives – Intermediate; participants will be able to;

  • Be able to explain a major function for a minimum of 12 Brodmann Areas
  • Be able to compare a minimum of 6 Brodmann Areas to a neural network
  • Be able to List names of 4 fasciculi
  • Be able to list principle brain areas connected to the Cingulum
  • Be able to list principle brain areas connecting to the Uncinate fasciculus
  • Name one nucleus that has both afferent and efferent connections for parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system