Efficacy of neurofeedback as a treatment for executive dysfunction: establishing best practice from clinical evidence

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Aniftos, Michelle and McKenna, M.. 2010. "Efficacy of neurofeedback as a treatment for executive dysfunction: establishing best practice from clinical evidence." Mrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas (ed.) 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010). Melbourne, Australia 11 - 16 Jul 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Efficacy of neurofeedback as a treatment for executive dysfunction: establishing best practice from clinical evidence

Presentation TypePresentation
AuthorsAniftos, Michelle (Author) and McKenna, M. (Author)
EditorsMrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Number of Pages1
Year2010
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881467
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.icap2010.com
Conference/Event27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Details
27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Date
11 to end of 16 Jul 2010
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

The primary aim of the present study was to investigate the clinical utility and ecological validity of neurofeedback (NFB) in an Australian sample, effectively contributing to the recognition of NFB as an evidence-based practice. It was anticipated that this study would demonstrate improvements in the core symptoms of executive dysfunction (poor behavioural and metacognitive self-regulation) following NFB intervention. The present study also aimed to investigate the minimum number of neurofeedback training sessions required to demonstrate significant improvements as indicated by client reports and quantitative measures. The secondary aim of the study was to establish the viability of using clinical data for longitudinal studies to investigate the retention of NFB treatment effects. Participants were patients seen at a private clinician's practice in Toowoomba, Australia. The participant pool consisted of both males and females aged between 6 and 12 years. They were referred to the clinic by their general practitioner or primary caregiver(s) and received treatment on a fee for service basis. The participants were assessed to be demonstrating symptoms of executive dysfunction, predominantly associated with developmental disorders of childhood such as ADHD, PDD, or Anxiety. Some of the
participants were on an existing treatment plan of psychostimulant medication while others were seeking psychological intervention as a non-invasive method of treatment. At the time of consultation, the clinician obtained informed consent in writing for data to be de-identified and collated in the event of a future study. All participants engaged in at least one session of
neurofeedback training within the past two years. The study is currently in progress.

Keywordsneurofeedback; behavioural selfregulation; meta-cognition; executive dysfunction; developmental disorders
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520203. Cognitive neuroscience
520299. Biological psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Department of Psychology
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