Volitional Control of Neural Connectivity

  • Sergio RuizEmail author
  • Niels Birbaumer
  • Ranganatha Sitaram
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 6)


For several decades, researchers have explored neurofeedback and related technologies to improve brain function and better understand brain plasticity. New methods to train people to improve functional connectivity or coherence could inspire new methods to treat a wide variety of brain disorders and conditions. This chapter first reviews functional connectivity and coherence, including our recent work with volitional control and MEG, then described promising new work with self-regulation via real-time fMRI. We conclude with future directions, jury selection factors, and some very new work after the 2012 Award.


Brain-computer interfaces BCI/BMI learning neurorehabilitation MEG fMRI real-time FMRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergio Ruiz
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Niels Birbaumer
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ranganatha Sitaram
    • 4
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Departamento de Psiquiatría, Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencias, Escuela de MedicinaPontificia Universidad Catolica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral NeurobiologyUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany
  3. 3.Ospedale San Camillo, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere ScientificoVenezia, LidoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  5. 5.Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and TechnologyThiruvananthapuramIndia

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