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E Kinney-Lang, B Auyeung, J Escudero
Rehabilitation applications using brain-computer interfaces (BCI) have recently shown encouraging results for motor recovery. Effective BCI neurorehabilitation has been shown to exploit neuroplastic properties of the brain through mental imagery tasks. However, these applications and results are currently restricted to adults. A systematic search reveals there is essentially no literature describing motor rehabilitative BCI applications that use electroencephalograms (EEG) in children, despite advances in such applications with adults...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Noortje H Rijken, Remko Soer, Ewold de Maar, Hilco Prins, Wouter B Teeuw, Jan Peuscher, Frits G J Oosterveld
The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the effects of an intervention consisting of mental coaching combined with either electro encephalogram (EEG) alpha power feedback or heart rate variability (HRV) feedback on HRV, EEG outcomes and self-reported factors related to stress, performance, recovery and sleep quality in elite athletes. A prospective pilot study was performed with two distinct cohorts. Soccer players were provided with four sessions of mental coaching combined with daily HRV biofeedback (Group A); track and field athletes were provided with four sessions of mental coaching in combination with daily neurofeedback (Group B)...
October 19, 2016: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Nikola K Kasabov, Maryam Gholami Doborjeh, Zohreh Gholami Doborjeh
This paper introduces a new methodology for dynamic learning, visualization, and classification of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as spatiotemporal brain data. The method is based on an evolving spatiotemporal data machine of evolving spiking neural networks (SNNs) exemplified by the NeuCube architecture [1]. The method consists of several steps: mapping spatial coordinates of fMRI data into a 3-D SNN cube (SNNc) that represents a brain template; input data transformation into trains of spikes; deep, unsupervised learning in the 3-D SNNc of spatiotemporal patterns from data; supervised learning in an evolving SNN classifier; parameter optimization; and 3-D visualization and model interpretation...
October 6, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
W Miles Cox, Leena Subramanian, David E J Linden, Michael Lührs, Rachel McNamara, Rebecca Playle, Kerenza Hood, Gareth Watson, Joseph R Whittaker, Raman Sakhuja, Niklas Ihssen
BACKGROUND: Real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rtfMRI) is used for neurofeedback training (NFT). Preliminary results suggest that it can help patients to control their symptoms. This study uses rtfMRI NFT for relapse prevention in alcohol dependence. METHODS/DESIGN: Participants are alcohol-dependent patients who have completed a detoxification programme within the past 6 months and have remained abstinent. Potential participants are screened for eligibility, and those who are eligible are randomly assigned to the treatment group (receiving rtfMRI NFT in addition to treatment as usual) or the control group (receiving only treatment as usual)...
October 3, 2016: Trials
L I Kozlova, M B Shtark, M E Mel'nikov, E G Verevkin, A A Savelov, E D Petrovskii
fMRI-EEG dynamics of brain activity in volunteers was studied during the course of EEG alpha-stimulation training (20 sessions). Twenty-three healthy men (20-35 years) were subjected to 3-fold mapping in a feedback loop (EEG alpha-rhythm biofeedback with acoustic reinforcement). This procedure was performed at the beginning, middle, and end of the course. During the first neurofeedback training session, deactivation (p<0.001) was found in the right angular gyrus, supramarginal, and superior temporal gyri, Brodmann area 39, and cerebellum...
September 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Marleen Bink, Ilja L Bongers, Arne Popma, Tieme W P Janssen, Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen
BACKGROUND: Estimates of the effectiveness of neurofeedback as a treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are mixed. AIMS: To investigate the long-term additional effects of neurofeedback (NFB) compared with treatment as usual (TAU) for adolescents with ADHD. METHOD: Using a multicentre parallel-randomised controlled trial design, 60 adolescents with a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of ADHD receiving NFB+TAU (n=41) or TAU (n=19) were followed up...
March 2016: BJPsych Open
Ahmad Mayeli, Vadim Zotev, Hazem Refai, Jerzy Bodurka
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous acquisition of EEG and fMRI data results in EEG signal contamination by imaging (MR) and ballistocardiogram (BCG) artifacts. Artifact correction of EEG data for real-time applications, such as neurofeedback studies, is the subject of ongoing research. To date, average artifact subtraction (AAS) is the most widespread real-time method used to partially remove BCG and imaging artifacts without requiring extra hardware equipment; no alternative software-only real time methods for removing EEG artifacts are available...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Andrew A Nicholson, Tomas Ros, Paul A Frewen, Maria Densmore, Jean Théberge, Rosemarie C Kluetsch, Rakesh Jetly, Ruth A Lanius
OBJECTIVE: Electroencephalogram (EEG) neurofeedback aimed at reducing the amplitude of the alpha-rhythm has been shown to alter neural networks associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), leading to symptom alleviation. Critically, the amygdala is thought to be one of the central brain regions mediating PTSD symptoms. In the current study, we compare directly patterns of amygdala complex connectivity using fMRI, before and after EEG neurofeedback, in order to observe subcortical mechanisms associated with behavioural and alpha oscillatory changes among patients...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
Katleen Geladé, Marleen Bink, Tieme W P Janssen, Rosa van Mourik, Athanasios Maras, Jaap Oosterlaan
Neurofeedback (NFB) is a potential alternative treatment for children with ADHD that aims to optimize brain activity. Whereas most studies into NFB have investigated behavioral effects, less attention has been paid to the effects on neurocognitive functioning. The present randomized controlled trial (RCT) compared neurocognitive effects of NFB to (1) optimally titrated methylphenidate (MPH) and (2) a semi-active control intervention, physical activity (PA), to control for non-specific effects. Using a multicentre three-way parallel group RCT design, children with ADHD, aged 7-13, were randomly allocated to NFB (n = 39), MPH (n = 36) or PA (n = 37) over a period of 10-12 weeks...
September 24, 2016: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Bettina Sorger, Tabea Kamp, Nikolaus Weiskopf, Judith Caroline Peters, Rainer Goebel
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rtfMRI) are currently explored in the context of developing alternative (motor-independent) communication and control means for the severely disabled. In such BCI systems, the user encodes a particular intention (e.g., an answer to a question or an intended action) by evoking specific mental activity resulting in a distinct brain state that can be decoded from fMRI activation. One goal in this context is to increase the degrees of freedom in encoding different intentions, i...
September 19, 2016: Neuroscience
Sarah Baumeister, Isabella Wolf, Nathalie Holz, Regina Boecker-Schlier, Nicoletta Adamo, Martin Holtmann, Matthias Ruf, Tobias Banaschewski, Sarah Hohmann, Daniel Brandeis
Neurofeedback training (NF) is a promising non-pharmacological treatment for ADHD that has been associated with improvement of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-related symptoms as well as changes in electrophysiological measures. However, the functional localization of neural changes following NF compared to an active control condition, and of successful learning during training (considered to be the critical mechanism for improvement), remains largely unstudied. Children with ADHD (N=16, mean age: 11...
September 19, 2016: Neuroscience
Andrew A Nicholson, Daniela Rabellino, Maria Densmore, Paul A Frewen, Christian Paret, Rosemarie Kluetsch, Christian Schmahl, Jean Théberge, Richard W J Neufeld, Margaret C McKinnon, Jim Reiss, Rakesh Jetly, Ruth A Lanius
Amygdala dysregulation has been shown to be central to the pathophysiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) representing a critical treatment target. Here, amygdala downregulation was targeted using real-time fMRI neurofeedback (rt-fMRI-nf) in patients with PTSD, allowing us to examine further the regulation of emotional states during symptom provocation. Patients (n = 10) completed three sessions of rt-fMRI-nf with the instruction to downregulate activation in the amygdala, while viewing personalized trauma words...
September 20, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Katleen Geladé, Tieme W P Janssen, Marleen Bink, Rosa van Mourik, Athanasios Maras, Jaap Oosterlaan
OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of neurofeedback as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and whether neurofeedback is a viable alternative for stimulant medication, is still an intensely debated subject. The current randomized controlled trial compared neurofeedback to (1) optimally titrated methylphenidate and (2) a semi-active control intervention, physical activity, to account for nonspecific effects. METHODS: A multicenter 3-way parallel-group study with balanced randomization was conducted...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Chang-Hee Han, Jeong-Hwan Lim, Jun-Hak Lee, Kangsan Kim, Chang-Hwan Im
It has frequently been reported that some users of conventional neurofeedback systems can experience only a small portion of the total feedback range due to the large interindividual variability of EEG features. In this study, we proposed a data-driven neurofeedback strategy considering the individual variability of electroencephalography (EEG) features to permit users of the neurofeedback system to experience a wider range of auditory or visual feedback without a customization process. The main idea of the proposed strategy is to adjust the ranges of each feedback level using the density in the offline EEG database acquired from a group of individuals...
2016: BioMed Research International
T Ros, P Frewen, J Théberge, A Michela, R Kluetsch, A Mueller, G Candrian, R Jetly, P Vuilleumier, R A Lanius
Brain oscillations exhibit long-range temporal correlations (LRTCs), which reflect the regularity of their fluctuations: low values representing more random (decorrelated) while high values more persistent (correlated) dynamics. LRTCs constitute supporting evidence that the brain operates near criticality, a state where neuronal activities are balanced between order and randomness. Here, healthy adults used closed-loop brain training (neurofeedback, NFB) to reduce the amplitude of alpha oscillations, producing a significant increase in spontaneous LRTCs post-training...
September 12, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
Kazuhisa Shibata, Takeo Watanabe, Mitsuo Kawato, Yuka Sasaki
In human studies, how averaged activation in a brain region relates to human behavior has been extensively investigated. This approach has led to the finding that positive and negative facial preferences are represented by different brain regions. However, using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) decoded neurofeedback (DecNef) method, we found that different patterns of neural activations within the cingulate cortex (CC) play roles in representing opposite directions of facial preference. In the present study, while neutrally preferred faces were presented, multi-voxel activation patterns in the CC that corresponded to higher (or lower) preference were repeatedly induced by fMRI DecNef...
September 2016: PLoS Biology
C Dettmers, N Braun, I Büsching, T Hassa, S Debener, J Liepert
Mental training, including motor observation and motor imagery, has awakened much academic interest. The presumed functional equivalence of motor imagery and motor execution has given hope that mental training could be used for motor rehabilitation after a stroke. Results obtained from randomized controlled trials have shown mixed results. Approximately half of the studies demonstrate positive effects of motor imagery training but the rest do not show an additional benefit. Possible reasons why motor imagery training has so far not become established as a robust therapeutic approach are discussed in detail...
October 2016: Der Nervenarzt
Ning Liu, Sarit Cliffer, Anjali H Pradhan, Amy Lightbody, Scott S Hall, Allan L Reiss
Impaired facial processing may contribute to social dysfunction in certain individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Prior studies show that electroencephalogram-based and functional magnetic resonance imaging-based neurofeedback might help some individuals with ASD learn to modulate regional brain activity and thus reduce symptoms. Here, we report for the first time the feasibility of employing functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)-based neurofeedback training in children with ASD. We developed a method to study physiological self-regulation of oxy-hemoglobin using real-time feedback...
January 2017: Neurophotonics
Moses O Sokunbi
The feedback of real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rtfMRI) signals, dubbed "neurofeedback", has found applications in the treatment of clinical disorders and enhancement of brain performance. However, knowledge of the basic underlying mechanism on which neurofeedback is based is rather limited. This article introduces the concepts, principles and characteristics of feedback control systems and its applications to electroencephalography (EEG) and rtfMRI signals. Insight into the underlying mechanisms of feedback systems may lead to the development of novel feedback protocols and subsystems for rtfMRI and enhance therapeutic solutions for clinical interventions...
August 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Jimmy Choi, Cheryl M Corcoran, Joanna M Fiszdon, Michael Stevens, Daniel C Javitt, Melissa Deasy, Lawrence C Haber, Michael J Dewberry, Godfrey D Pearlson
Objective: Among individuals at clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis, processing speed (PS) has been related to social and role functioning regardless of conversion to schizophrenia. This information processing dysfunction is a gateway to broader behavioral deficits such as difficulty executing social behaviors. We examined the feasibility of improving information processing relevant to social situations in CHR, including its sustainability at 2-month follow-up, and its association with concurrent social function...
August 25, 2016: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
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