Handbook of Neurofeedback: Dynamics and Clinical Applications

Handbook of Neurofeedback: Dynamics and Clinical Applications

by James R. Evans

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    Handbook of Neurofeedback is a comprehensive introduction to this rapidly growing field, offering practical information on the history of neurofeedback, theoretical concerns, and applications for a variety of disorders encountered by clinicians. Disorders covered include ADHD, depression, autism, aging, and traumatic brain injury. Using case


    Handbook of Neurofeedback is a comprehensive introduction to this rapidly growing field, offering practical information on the history of neurofeedback, theoretical concerns, and applications for a variety of disorders encountered by clinicians. Disorders covered include ADHD, depression, autism, aging, and traumatic brain injury. Using case studies and a minimum of technical language,
    the field's pioneers and most experienced practitioners discuss emerging topics, general and specific treatment procedures, training approaches, and theories on the efficacy of neurofeedback.

    The book includes comments on the future of the field from an inventor of neurofeedback equipment and a discussion on the theory of why neurofeedback training results in the alleviation of symptoms in a wide range of disorders. The contributors review of procedures and a look at emerging approaches, including coherence/phase training, inter-hemispheric training, and the combination of neurofeedback and computerized cognitive training.

    Topics discussed include:

  • Implications of network models for neurofeedback
  • The transition from structural to functional models
  • Client and therapist variables
  • Treatment-specific variables
  • Tomographic neurofeedback
  • Applying audio-visual entrainment to neurofeedback
  • Common patterns of coherence deviation
  • EEG patterns and the elderly
  • Nutrition and cognitive health
  • ADHD definitions and treatment
  • Attention disorders
  • Autism disorders
  • The neurobiology of depression
  • QEEG-guided neurofeedback

    This book is an essential professional resource for anyone practicing, or interested in practicing neurofeedback, including neurotherapists,
    neuropsychologists, professional counselors, neurologists, neuroscientists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This book covers the field of neurofeedback, specific approaches and systems used in neurofeedback, and treatments for particular disorders.
Purpose: According to the author, the main purpose is to provide a "comprehensive view" of neurofeedback.
Audience: The target audience is mainly clinicians and students involved in neurofeedback which would include clinical psychologists, but also may include neurologists. The editor has many years in clinical practice using neurofeedback and some scholarly work to complement his clinical practice. This is also true of some contributing authors, but other contributing authors do not appear to have any peer-reviewed publications in this area. Readers should also be aware that some of the contributing authors work for neurofeedback companies and one is the president of a company.
Features: The book is divided into four sections, which include an introduction, general concerns, general clinical applications, and specific clinical applications. The introduction is filled with details about the chronology of equipment development, the ebb and flow of the field, and political pressures. Interestingly, the author brings up the idea that flawed research was deliberately produced to undermine neurofeedback and that the U.S. government inhibits neurofeedback companies. The second chapter introduces many alternative explanations for the positive effects of neurotherapy (e.g., placebo, prayer, "subtle energies"), but these are not thoroughly explored from a scientific perspective and the author fails to mention several studies that have strongly implicated nonspecific factors in the efficacy of neurofeedback. The book then launches into general neurotherapy approaches that are covered in some detail, including the equipment used, sites that are targeted, and the progression through sessions. The chapters on the use of neurofeedback for treating various disorders, such as ADHD, depression, autism, and dementia are interesting and deserving of further research. Nonetheless, the scientific evidence for the use of neurotherapy with these disorders is cited in such a way as to support neurofeedback, while sidestepping the limitations. For example, Thompson & Thompson (1998) is cited to support improvements in intelligence and academic scores with neurotherapy, but the author fails to mention that subjects also received metacognitive training, there was no control group, and that the EEG changes were non-significant. There are a plethora of figures that help summarize the data, including a few color plates. The references are marginally up to date and the index is helpful.
Assessment: For those interested in learning more about the equipment and procedures used in neurotherapy, this will prove to be an interesting and informative book. It is probably one of the most complete neurofeedback books on the market. However, it still suffers from the same flaws as its predecessors: chiefly the lack of clear empirical support for this treatment approach and a tendency to offer skewed interpretations of studies to support the position of advocates for this approach (for example, see Lohr, Meunier, Parker, & Kline, 2001).

Product Details

Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
Haworth Series in Neurotherapy
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Robert E. McCarthy
The field of neurofeedback has waited for a publication like Dr. James Evans' Handbook of Neurofeedback: Dynamics and Clinical Applications. With chapters written by some of the great pioneers and contributors to our field, it BRILLIANTLY SOLIDIFIES IN A SINGLE VOLUME MUCH OF WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT NEUROFEEDBACK FROM A TECHNICAL AND CLINICAL PERSPECTIVE. Whether you are a newcomer, technician, or advanced clinical practitioner, this is, undoubtedly, a reference work you want on the shelf of your library. . . . MEANINGFUL AND INFORMATIVE. . . . This book will, undoubtedly, help advance the field of neurofeedback, and, by that, move it a step closer to earning its legitimate status as a meaningful, scientific, research-based procedure. (Robert E. McCarthy, PhD, LPC, BCIA-EEG, Executive Clinical Director, McCarthy Counseling Associates, PA & Center for Psychophysiological Assessment and Treatment Myrtle Beach, SC)
John K. Nash
A GEM! THE BOOK WILL OPEN AND BROADEN THE READER'S KNOWLEDGE BASE, whether you've been doing neurofeedback for years or are just thinking about using it. . . . Gives the neurofeedback practitioner a window into the way some of our most experienced practitioners, engineers and theoreticians think about neurofeedback. The very key issues of coherence, connectivity and synchrony training are discussed at some length. The book includes chapters on audio/visual stimulation and on the combination of neurofeedback/entrainment, both from originators of these technologies. . . . Every chapter has a long and excellent reference section that allows the interested reader to go further into depth. The authors of the various chapters reveal the way they think about and conduct neurofeedback in ways I haven't seen in print before. It's more like sitting down with the authors over dinner and hearing what they really think is going on. Many of the chapters get very specific about what the author actually does in clinical practice, which I find very useful indeed. Whether the concepts challenge or reinforce the way you think about your own work with neurofeedback you'll be stimulated and more connected with the field after reading this book. (John K. Nash, PhD, Licensed Psychologist)

Meet the Author

James R. Evans, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he taught for many years in the School Psychology Program of the Department of Psychology. He has more than thirty years experience as a school and clinical psychologist, providing psychotherapy and psychological evaluations in schools, prisons, mental health clinics, and psychiatric hospitals as well as in his own private practice. He is affiliated with the Sterlingworth Center of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina, where he conducts neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and quantitative EEG (QEEG) assessments and supervises neurotherapy sessions with a wide variety of clients. Dr. Evans has more than 40 publications in professional journals and is co-editor of three psychology-related books. He is co-editor of Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurotherapy and is a consulting editor to the Journal of Neurotherapy (Haworth).

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