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Sunday, March 9, 2014

From the Journal Biological Psychology
SAN (Society of Applied Neuroscience) Special Issue on Neurofeedback

Volume 95, Pages 1-134 (January, 2014)

In January, 2014, the influential, peer-reviewed journal Biological Psychology published an entire special issue on neurofeedback. Much of the material in the articles listed below is highly technical but hardly inaccessible.

We hope you'll find it intriguing at least, particularly in light of findings like those reported in a paper by Meisel, Servera, Garcia-Banda, Cardo, and Moreno (2014), who found that children with ADHD benefited equally from forty theta/beta1 neurofeedback training sessions as they did from medication with methylphenidate (Ritalin), but that only neurofeedback contributed to academic performance. In addition, the effects lasted for a period of at least six months.

As the issue's editors wrote in their introduction,

"It is difficult if not impossible to dispute the effects of neurofeedback training after reading through the papers in this issue. However, which specific protocols to use in which clinical or non-clinical cases, how many training sessions should be applied before effects can be seen in those cases, how long these effects last, which exact brain mechanisms are involved, etcetera, are important questions that do not have clear answers in many specific instances, but which clearly warrant further investigations. In this sense, this special issue should be viewed not only as an overview of the current state of affairs, but also as a starting point for further study into neuroplasticity."


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