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On Lumosity and the FTC

January 28th, 2016

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

lumosity-girlScience Magazine has just weighed in on the recent sanctioning of Lumosity by the Federal Trade Commission for ostensible over-claiming.(Reference) From our perspective we regard cognitive skills training as a kindred technology to neurofeedback. It’s yet another computer-based method of enhancing brain function. So where do we come down on the issue of the FTC sanction? We come down firmly on both sides of the issue! On the one hand, over-claiming by any of the major players ends up casting a pall on the entire field. And on the other, the FTC may well have exhibited entirely too much regulatory zeal. The review in Science sheds light on the controversy. Read More »

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Are We Training Function or Targeting Dysfunction?

January 25th, 2016

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

bellcurveAmajor divide within the field of neurofeedback is the basic question of whether we are aiming to improve function or to expunge dysfunction. This distinction was highlighted crisply many years ago when one of the early researchers, Barry Sterman, said that if he could not identify a deficit in the EEG he would be ethically compelled to send the client home. There would be nothing for him to do.
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On Recovery from Addiction

January 25th, 2016

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

addictionPicture a young man with a long-term history of schizophrenia and PTSD coming for his first training session with infra-low frequency neurofeedback. At the end of the session he is surprised that he does not feel like smoking. It had been a couple of hours since he last lit up. At the fifth session, he mentioned to the practitioner that he hadn’t smoked since session four. The therapist checked his notes: It had been nineteen days since session four.
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Neurofeedback for Concussions II

January 12th, 2016

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

Charles BarkleyBasketball phenom Charles Barkley urged parents years ago not to let their children play football. The hazard of injury was too great. Now Dr. Bennet Omalu has issued the same caution. He delivers an even stronger message: Children should not be allowed to play high-impact contact sports until they are old enough to make their own decisions—the age of maturity in each state.
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Neurofeedback for Concussions

December 23rd, 2015

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

collision-movieOn the occasion of the release of the film ‘Concussion‘ it is only appropriate that we add our voice to those that have already been raised on this issue. The reason is that neurofeedback is really the only remedy currently available for concussions. The plain truth of the matter is that the medical cupboard has always been bare when it came to concussions, and that remains true to this day. Read More »

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Somatic Biofeedback and the Quest for the Therapeutically Meaningful Signal

December 7th, 2015

By Robert Grove, PhD
Software Developer for PhysioData’s GP8-s

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Hooray! The latest iteration of Cygnet software for the Neuroamp now provides for skin conductance, finger temperature, finger pulse tracking, and EMG tracking. For the savvy practitioner, the addition of these somatic measures will provide a rich source of information about what is happening during neurofeedback sessions. I anticipate more chatter on the forum about somatic-neurofeedback relationships, and much better understanding of individual differences in reactivity as revealed by somatic responsivity.

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