Grateful for a family’s help

I am conducting research which is examining the effectiveness of neurofeedback home training on concentration abilities and impulsiveness. I am looking to recruit children aged between seven and 17 with no clinical diagnosis to participate in my research.

I would be extremely grateful for a family’s help. If you would like more information about this research, or are interested in being involved, please contact researcher Hannah Wachnianin on 07934304673 or H.Wachnianin@uea.ac.uk. I am a PhD student at the University of East Anglia, carrying out research in West Sussex, supervised by Dr Rutterford and Prof Corr.

Neurofeedback is a form of brain wave training, whereby the individual is stimulated to optimise the activity of particular brainwaves via visual and/or auditory reinforcement on a computer. Neurofeedback has been shown to successfully improve attention, behavioural control and peak performance in typical individuals as well being an alternative to traditional medication treatments for conditions such as ADHD.

Involvement in this study has three parts. Firstly, the child and parent will meet the researcher in Horsham for three hours. The child will complete a questionnaire, a quantitative EEG brain wave reading and a computer concentration test. Secondly, the child will complete, with the help of a parent, neurofeedback at home twice a week for 40 minutes or a computer based activity. Alternatively, they may be in a group whereby nothing is required from them during this stage.

Thirdly, after 15 weeks of either doing neurofeedback, computer based activities or nothing, the child and parent will meet the researcher again in Horsham for two hours. The child will complete a further questionnaire, quantitative EEG and computer concentration test in addition to an electronic questionnaire for parent and teacher.

This study has been approved by the University of East Anglia ethics committee.

The findings will hopefully benefit the understanding and progression of neurofeedback as well as developing non-medical treatment in the field of conditions involving attention difficulties.

HANNAH WACHNIANIN

Winterbourne, Horsham