The clinical utility and ecological validity of neurofeedback training as a treatment modality for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

McKenna, M. and Aniftos, M. (2011) The clinical utility and ecological validity of neurofeedback training as a treatment modality for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In: 46th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011, 4-8 Oct 2011, Canberra, Australia.

Abstract

Neurofeedback training is a form of treatment that works on the principles of operant conditioning to assist clients in regulating activity in the brain. During the past 40 years, neurofeedback training has been gaining momentum as a viable treatment modality for the symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as those utilising the treatment learn to decrease impulsivity and enhance their capacity for sustained attention. The present study utilised the archival data of fourteen participants held by a local clinician and investigated the clinical utility and ecological validity of neurofeedback training as a treatment modality for ADHD in a clinical setting. In addition the viability of utilising the current data in a follow up study was examined. This study found improvements in the capacity for sustained attention and impulse control at a statistically and clinically significant level, and improvements in accuracy at a clinically significant level following 6 to 11 sessions of neurofeedback training. Thus, the clinical utility and ecological validity of neurofeedback training for the treatment of ADHD was supported.


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Additional Information: The author/s will retain copyright of their abstract, in addition to the moral rights they are entitled to as author/s of the abstract. The Australian Psychological Society Ltd does not hold copies of any papers presented at conferences. A formal paper was not produced for publication in the conference proceedings as the APS conference organisers decided not to offer this in 2011.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2012 06:32
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: child behaviour; ADD; ADHD; attention; neorfeedback; treatment; impulse control
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21336

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