Long-term effects of neurofeedback treatment in autism
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SourceResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 2, (2009), pp. 496-501
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SW OZ BSI OLO
SW OZ DCC NRP
SW OZ BSI SCP
SW OZ DCC CO
F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
SubjectBehaviour Change and Well-being; Learning and Plasticity
Previously we demonstrated significant improvement of executive functions and social behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) treated with 40 sessions of EEG neurofeedback in a nonrandomized waiting list control group design. In this paper we extend these findings by reporting the long-term results of neurofeedback treatment in the same group of children with ASD after 12 months. The present study indicates maintenance of improvement of executive functions and social behavior after 12 months in comparison with the immediate outcomes. Neurofeedback mediated suppression of theta power is supposed to promote more flexible functioning of the brain by enhancing activation in the medial prefrontal cortex and improving flexibility of activation in the default mode network supporting the improvement of executive functions and theory of mind in ASD.
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