Neurofeedback is a technique that provides moment-to-moment information about the current level of brain activity. Such information can be used to learn voluntary self-regulation of brain activity.
Until recently, neurofeedback was mainly used to train self-regulation of autonomic bodily functions or of specific electroencephalography (EEG) components, for instance to communicate with severely paralyzed patients, to suppress epileptic activity, or to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Recent technological advances in the field of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have now made it possible to analyze the data in real-time and thus also to provide neurofeedback based on real-time fMRI (rtfMRI), offering the advantage of targeting spatially localized activity in the range of millimeters across the entire brain.
On the first day of the symposium, renowned experts will give a comprehensive overview on recent developments in biofeedback techniques, with particular emphasis on fMRI and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). On the second and third day, we have organized a workshop in which newly developed realtime imaging tools will be introduced. The workshop will include methodological and practical lectures on several feedback strategies as well as practical hands-on sessions.