What is Neurofeedback? →
How Brain training can benefit kids, families and adults by the Center for Brain Training in Florida.
Sebern Fisher Discovering neurofeedback →
with Sebern Fisher
Neurofeedback, anxiety and depression →
and the dynamic functioning of the nervous system, Bessell van der Kolk (there are many videos)
Neurofeedback and chronic pain →
A policewoman who had extreme pain gives her testimony.
ADHD, neurofeedback →
A family’s experience in Australia
Brainwave Assessment →
Paul Swingle (I use his Clinical Q assessment tool)
There are several audio links which feature interviews with neurofeedback’s biggest experts talking about neurofeedback effectiveness, neurofeedback and medication, incidence of relapse amongst other things…
Here are two of my favourite studies:
A study led by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and published in December 2016
A Randomized Control Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTSD — is the first randomized clinical trial on neurofeedback with a specific focus on chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. van der Kolk is a world-renowned trauma researcher who has devoted his career to a search for effective treatment for this population.
He has researched Prozac, EMDR, and yoga and discusses all of these, as well as neurofeedback, in his New York Times science best-seller, The Body Keeps the Score. In the randomized clinical trial of neurofeedback that he led in 2016, he demonstrates a 40% increase in executive function after 24 sessions of neurofeedback, which translates to increased capacity to modulate emotions, better cognitive function, and better judgment. All of these results have profound implications for the treatment-resistant trauma population and, given its size and the interwoven role that trauma plays in public policy, for society at large.
There was a second groundbreaking neurofeedback study published in 2016.
This one was led by Dr. Ruth Lanius. In it she shows that the brains of people who have endured traumatic histories profile differently than the brains of people who have not. Their amygdalas (the fear centre of the brain) are hyper-connected to threat detection centers in the lower regions of the brain.
These patients who present with dissociation are wired for threat and therefore they see threat where a healthy person would not. In the Lanius study, one session of neurofeedback showed changes in connectivity in 80% of subjects. Their amygdalas now showed beginning connectivity to the pre-frontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is “command central” in healthy people.
Aboutneurofeedback.com has created a select list of 50 key studies and articles excerpted from a larger list of 1,000 related studies created by Cory Hammond, Ph.D. University of Utah School of Medicine. That list is published at ISNR.org, a membership organization for clinicians who use neurofeedback. Most studies have direct links to abstracts.