Day 2 :
Brain Harmonics, South Africa
Keynote: Neurofeedback and epilepsy – A critical review of using neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for epilepsy
Time : 09:30-10:30
We will do a critical review of using operant conditioning of the sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) as a clinical utility and alternative treatment for epilepsy. Issues taken into consideration will include physiology, learning principles, and methodology while focusing on the treatment of epilepsy with sensorimotor rhythm training, probably the best established clinical application of EEG-operant conditioning. The skilled practice of neurofeedback requires a solid understanding of operant learning principles and mechanisms, the neurophysiology underlying EEG oscillation, as well as an in-depth comprehension of how the various hardware/software equipment options work, that are currently available to the practitioner. It has been suggested that the best clinical practice includes the systematic mapping of quantitative multi-electrode EEG measures against a standard norm sample base before and after treatment, to guide the choice of treatment and record progress towards EEG standardization. We conclude that research literature, as well as practical case studies, justifies the idea that neurofeedback treatment of epilepsy/seizure disorders may be a well-founded and viable alternative to anticonvulsant pharmacotherapy.