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New Research on Biofeedback for Seizure Control

Nagai, Yoko (2009) 'New Research on Biofeedback for Seizure Control.' In: Schwartzkroin, Philip, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Basic Epilepsy Research. Elsevier, pp. 1461-1468. ISBN 978-0-12-373688-8

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Antiepileptic drugs are the mainstay in the management of epilepsy. However, despite optimal drug therapy, approximately one-third of patients continue to have seizures. Behavioral interventions, including biofeedback, represent an adjunctive therapeutic axis in the management of drug refractory epilepsy. Based on an increased understanding of the physiological relationship between peripheral autonomic and central cortical arousals, new research has demonstrated the effect of biofeedback training, based on the galvanic skin response (GSR), on seizure frequency in patients with treatment resistant epilepsy. This article summarizes the results of clinical trials and basic studies using different methodological techniques, including EEG and functional neuro-imaging, to provide and account for the neural mechanisms through which GSR biofeedback influences epilepsy.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biofeedback; Contingent negative variation (CNV); Galvanic skin response (GSR); Slow cortical potential (SCP)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2011 16:42
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:20

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