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Reading the mind: a critical evaluation of neurofeedback as a tool in clinical neuroscience

Krook, L. S. (2016) Reading the mind: a critical evaluation of neurofeedback as a tool in clinical neuroscience. Master's Thesis / Essay, Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences.

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Abstract

Neurofeedback therapy is a highly debated therapy in the field of clinical neuroscience. The foundation of the therapy revolves around the conditioning of patients with means of their own brainwaves recorded during EEG sessions. The brainwaves are presented in certain power bands divided on frequencies and can be given as feedback to the patient visually, auditory or in the form of a game. Positive behavior, such as the decrease in a certain power band, is positively reinforced and unwanted behavior is often negatively reinforced. Patients, doctors and caretakers often report a decrease of unwanted symptoms after treatment. However, the working mechanisms or not yet fully understood and a lot of empirical research is hampered by methodological flaws. This essay will evaluate the position of neurofeedback in clinical neuroscience by discussing the results from the past decade. Since most of the conducted studies involve ADHD treatment this essay will focus for a large part on the current neurofeedback therapies for ADHD. Moreover, other neurofeedback applications outside clinical neuroscience will be discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:11
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:11
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/13685

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