Emotion regulation in schizophrenia. Neurofeedback applications as assessed by EEG and optical imaging

Michela Balconi*, Maria Elide Vanutelli

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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Objectives: Research on Schizophrenia (S) revealed abnormal electroencephalographic activity (EEG) in schizophrenic patients and anomalies in brain responsiveness, as revealed by neuroimaging measures. However, no integration of these methods is usually applied to test the emotional deficit in S. The present pilot study applied Neurofeedback (NF) technique to restore the "unbalance cortical activity" in S in response to emotional stimuli, and applied functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and EEG coregistration to analize: a) the initial (T0) anomalous prefrontal activity (main delta band); b) the NF application during a training protocol of five weeks (T1); c) the NF efficacy in term of balanced cortical activity (T2). Participants and methods: 8 patients have been randomly assigned to either control (3 patients, C), or neurofeedback group (5 patients, N). Results: The initial evidence of an unbalanced prefrontal activity within the left/right hemisphere (higher delta) was verified in T0. Nevertheless, no anomalous behavior was observed in S about the explicit evaluation about stimuli emotional valence. Conclusions: NF treatment effect in T2 was observed for N group in comparison with C group: indeed in T2 the anomalous responsiveness to emotional cues was modulated as shown by both EEG and fNIRS measures.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)91-91
Numero di pagine1
RivistaJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016
EventoInternational Neuropsychological Society 2016 Mid-Year Meeting - London
Durata: 6 lug 20168 lug 2016


  • Emotion regulation
  • Neurofeedback, EEG, fNIRS
  • Schizophrenia


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