Technological Advances in Neurofeedback: Enough to break down the barriers?

Leslie Sherlin, Neurotopia, Inc, USA

Theme: Mental training/interventions

Program ID: SYM-23

Presentation: October 5, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: Belle Chasse


The term brain training is not an unfamiliar term but its definition and application are as diverse as the users. Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) and biofeedback modalities have been well established over the past 40 years to reflect and provide operant conditioning to the levels of cognitive engagement and arousal (Budzynski, 1996, Thompson & Thompson, 1998, Siniatchkin, Kropp & Gerber, 2000, Sherlin et al., 2011). It’s well established in the field of sport psychology that an athlete who can exercise volitional control of the levels of cognitive engagement and arousal of brain and body has an advantage during competition (Yarrow, Brown, & Krakauer, 2009). However the measurement and training of psychophysiological domains have received resistance and under-utilization because research has been limited to the observation of specific skills, however the ideal mental states of performance and specific outcomes has eluded investigators. The reinvention of brain-wave technologies that are practical to implement are now becoming tools to the professional (Sherlin, Larson, & Sherlin, 2012). These technological advances have broken down the significant barriers for use with the athlete population. It’s now relevant to understand and have the discussion about the barriers to utilization for the sport psychology service provider.

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