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Neurofeedback Impacts Cognition and Quality of Life in Pediatric Focal Epilepsy: An Exploratory Randomized Double-Blinded Sham Controlled Trial

  • Friday, June 02, 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 480


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Friday, June 2, 2023

12:00pm Eastern time

Instructors: Diana Martinez, MD, PhD, LMHC, BCN

Course Description: 

Children with epilepsy experience cognitive deficits and well-being issues that have detrimental effects on their development. Pharmacotherapy is the standard of care in epilepsy; however, few interventions exist to promote cognitive development and to mitigate disease burden. This lecture will showed the results of the published study where the aimed was to examine the impact of two different modalities of neurofeedback (NFB) on cognitive functioning and quality-of-life (QOL) measurements in children and adolescents with controlled focal epilepsy. The study also explored the effects of NFB on clinical outcomes and electroencephalography (EEG) quantitative analysis.

The methodology included participants (n=44) with controlled focal epilepsy were randomized to one of three arms: sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) NFB (n=15), slow cortical potentials (SCP) NFB (n=16), or sham NFB (n=13). All participants received 25 sessions of intervention. The attention switching task (AST), Liverpool Seizure Severity Scale (LSSS), seizure frequency (SF), EEG power spectrum, and coherence were measured at baseline, postintervention, and at 3-month follow-up.

This lecture will provide the first data on two NFB modalities (SMR and SCP) including cognitive, neurophysiological, and clinical outcomes in pediatric epilepsy. Sensorimotor rhythm NFB improved cognitive functioning, while all the interventions showed improvements in QOL. During the lecture we will discuss and demonstrate the powerful placebo effect that we can observe in the use of these interventions and how can be explain inside the clinical practice and in research. We will uncover the current position of the medical field about neurofeedback to be use for psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Who is the Audience: Neurofeedback practitioners

Level:  Intermediate
Specific Learning objectives:

Based on the content of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Summarize the effects or neurofeedback in cognition and quality of life in pediatric focal epilepsy
  • Identify the differences within two neurofeedback techniques with efficacy in epilepsy
  • Discuss the benefits of neurofeedback in epilepsy
  • Discuss the roll of placebo in neurofeedback studies

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      Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

      Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Susan Alvarez, ISNR Executive Administrator:

      ISNR 13876 SW 56th Street Miami, FL 33175

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      Diana Martinez, MD, PhD, LMHC, BCN

      Diana is the co-founder and co-director of Boston Neurodynamics where she provides neurofeedback, biofeedback and other non-invasive brain stimulation as well as offering high quality training and consulting for neurophysiological evaluations. She is a medical doctor with a specialty in Neurorehabilitation and a licensed mental health counselor, she is certified as a Neurofeedback clinician and supervisor by Biofeedback Certification Alliance.

      She developed an integrative intervention to rehabilitate neurological conditions including neurofeedback and other non-invasive brain stimulation techniques. She has experience treating patients with epilepsy, learning disorders, behavioral disorder, mood disorders, sleep disorders, TBI and CP. Her doctoral thesis gave her great expertise as she studied the effect of neurofeedback in epilepsy. She has extensive experience in neurophysiology, EEG/qEEG/ERP interpretation. She is an international consultant for Neurofeedback professionals. She is a recognized instructor and lecturer in the field.


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