2019 Conference Recording – Session 11: Lynda Thompson, Ph.D., Michael Thompson, M.D. Combining NFB with BFB Effectively Modifies Neural Networks to Improve Attention and Performance

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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.

Learning Objectives – Intermediate; 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