Alpha Neurofeedback Training for Performance Enhancement: Reviewing the Methodology

Vernon, D, Dempster, T, Bazanova, O, Rutterford, N, Pasqualini, M and Andersen, S (2009) Alpha Neurofeedback Training for Performance Enhancement: Reviewing the Methodology. Journal of Neurotherapy, 13 (4). pp. 214-227. ISSN 1530-017X

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Abstract

Introduction: Considerable interest has been, and still is, generated by the potential performance enhancing benefits of alpha neurofeedback training (NFT) for healthy participants. A plausible rationale for such training, with an aim to improve mood and/or enhance cognition, can be made based upon what is already known of the links between alpha EEG activity and behavior. However, designing an optimal NFT paradigm remains difficult because a number of methodological factors that may influence the outcome of such training remain largely unexplored. Method: This article focuses on these methodological factors in an attempt to highlight some of the unanswered questions and stimulate future research. Results: Specifically, this article examines the NFT training schedule; the variety, basis, and setting of reward thresholds; the nature and modality of the feedback signal provided; unidirectional as compared to bidirectional NFT; the establishment of a target frequency range for alpha; whether NFT should be conducted with eyes open or closed; and the identification of a clear index of learning. Conclusions: Throughout, the article provides a number of suggestions and possible directions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: alpha,eeg,methodology,neurofeedback,peak performance
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2010 10:05
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 14:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/18437
DOI: 10.1080/10874200903334397

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