Biofeedback and Self-regulation

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 479–490 | Cite as

Neuroleptic-like electroencephalographic changes in schizophrenics through biofeedback

  • Sid J. Schneider
  • Alan T. Pope
Article

Abstract

Nine schizophrenic patients participated in a study which explored whether EEG feedback techniques could effect changes in the EEG similar to those associated with neuroleptic-induced improvement. During five sessions, each patient was presented feedback signals which continuously refected the discrepancy between characteristics of the patient's EEG power spectral profile and spectral profile characteristics associated by past research with neuroleptic induced clinical improvement. Significant within-session changes were observed for two of three EEG power spectrum bands of interest. No significant session-to-session EEG changes were observed. The results suggest that the EEG of schizophrenics can be temporarily altered, using feedback techniques, in a way that mimics the EEG changes that have been shown to occur with neuroleptic induced clinical improvement.

Keywords

Power Spectrum Health Psychology Clinical Improvement Past Research Schizophrenic Patient 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sid J. Schneider
    • 1
  • Alan T. Pope
    • 1
  1. 1.Franklin Delano Roosevelt Veterans Administration HospitalMontrose

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