LENS: The Low Energy Neurofeedback System / Edition 1

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A comprehensive look at this revolutionary method of neurofeedback

LENS: The Low Energy Neurofeedback System examines the research, development, and clinical applications of the revolutionary LENS method of brain wave feedback. This practical book provides a foundation for clinicians to learn about this groundbreaking medical advancement, which has been used with a wide range of conditions. The book illustrates the results of the use of LENS in more than 100 cases, as well as applications with brain-based problems in animals.

LENS: The Low Energy Neurofeedback System is a comprehensive overview of the history and evolution of clinical use of this innovative approach. One of the unique features of LENS is that it can not only be used with adults and children, but it can also be used with small children and more seriously disabled individuals who lack the impulse control, attention, or stamina to concentrate for the more extended periods of time required in traditional neurofeedback. The book presents an outcome study on 100 cases where LENS was successfully applied to a wide range of clinical symptoms, as well as case studies on the use of LENS with neurodevelopmental and learning disabilities.

LENS: The Low Energy Neurofeedback System details the application of LENS in the clinical treatment of:

  • head injuries
  • autism
  • learning disabilities
  • fibromyalgia
  • anger and explosiveness
  • depression
  • developmental disorders
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • epilepsy
  • addictions
  • and much more

LENS: The Low Energy Neurofeedback System is an essential professional resource for psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, and biofeedback professionals.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer:Christopher J. Graver, PhD(Western State Hospital)
Description:The use of EEG dates back to the 1930s, but the neurofeedback approach discussed in this book has less than two decades under its belt. This is a reprint of two issues of the Journal of Neurotherapy dedicated to the low energy neurofeedback system (LENS).
Purpose:Given the relative infancy of LENS, the original articles (and resulting book) are focused on providing an overview of the procedure, relevant studies, and limitations of the technology.
Audience:This book is aimed squarely at clinical practitioners who use neurofeedback in the treatment of various illnesses. Students of medical and psychological disciplines, as well as researchers in the neurosciences will find it appropriate. The editor has a controversial history (see the "Greenbaum Speech") and his academic training and current clinical position are in sex and marital therapy. Other contributing authors do not have formal training in neurofeedback beyond a few weekend courses. Furthermore, there are clear conflicts of interest (e.g., Len Ochs is the president of a company that promotes LENS use and sells LENS products) that are not disclosed.
Features:The book begins with an overview and history of LENS by Len Ochs. Readers familiar with his work will note that the figures are taken from his commercial website. Much of what is reported by Ochs is based on clinical experience rather than rigorous scientific study. This introduction is followed by an intriguing double-blind placebo-controlled study that found little benefit of LENS in fibromyalgia patients. Just when itseems that a balanced perspective might be presented, Ochs criticizes this study on a technical detail, but a later article that found support for LENS (and yet has major methodological flaws) receives no such critique. The final article on the use of LENS with animals lacks methodological rigor and yet the authors amusingly conclude that LENS should be used on more animal species and in greater numbers. The tables and figures are generally helpful.
Assessment:With such an opportunity for a careful review of the current state of the science regarding neurofeedback, it is disappointing to see a rather narrow and seemingly biased book as the final product, especially since it fails to disclose the authors' potential conflicts of interest. Supporters of the LENS approach will probably be intrigued by the book, but it fails to satisfy readers looking for an unbiased, scientific perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789035684
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface (Tim Tinius)
  • Introduction (D. Corydon Hammond)
  • The Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS): Theory, Background, and Introduction (Len Ochs)
  • Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome Using Low-Intensity Neurofeedback with the Flexyx Neurotherapy System: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial (Howard M. Kravitz, Mary Lee Esty, Robert S. Katz, and Jan Fawcett)
  • Comment on the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome Using Low- Intensity Neurofeedback with the Flexyx Neurotherapy System: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial, or How to Go Crazy Over Nearly Nothing (Len Ochs)
  • Reflections on FMS Treatment, Research, and Neurotherapy: Cautionary Tales (Mary Lee Esty)
  • The LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System): A Clinical Outcomes Study on One Hundred Patients at Stone Mountain Center, New York (Stephen Larsen, Kristen Harrington, and Susan Hicks)
  • Effective Use of LENS Unit as an Adjunct to Cognitive Neuro-Developmental Training (Curtis T Cripe)
  • The LENS Neurofeedback with Animals (Stephen Larsen, Robin Larsen, D. Corydon Hammond, Stephen Sheppard, Len Ochs, Sloan Johnson, Carla Adinaro, and Carrie Chapman)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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