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Although neurofeedback was discovered in the late 1960's and first studies supported the clinical evidence of efficacy even for the first simple protocols, it took until 2010 for the number of research studies to go up significantly. In the five years since then more studies have been published than in the total fourty years before.

The group behind the name EEG Info, the foundations of which were laid by Susan and Siegfried Othmer in the early 1980's, contributed significantly to clinical research and protocol development, as well as early studies with quite large subject numbers (e.g. ADHD with n=726, or substance abuse with n=121).

The goal behind these works was always to develop practical and high-impact processes. The findings were published and taught in courses from the very start. Both the symptom-based and process-oriented procedure, as well as the training of slow cortical potentials (which runs under the name "ILF Training") were step-by-step developed from the classical frequency band protocols.

One of the strengths is that the processes were discovered impirically in clinical tests with a high numer of cases, always based on qualitative evidence criteria in order to further optimize effectiveness. This, in turn, causes the practical suitability of the systems specifically developed for this purpose and the effectiveness of the method. It is especially because of this that the modern method finds a comparatively large distribution in ergotherapeutical and phychiatric offices.

The Othmer-approach, in which the neurofeedback protocols are adjusted individually for each patient, is still relatively young compared to other "one-size-fits-all" training protocols. However, there are already some publications with a rather small amount of case studies. There are currently several research projects with universities and clinics. The interest is there and further publications will follow. The process is the same as with regular evidence-based medicine: First, data is collected through clinical testing, methods are developed. Case studies follow soon after, then expert opinions and larger studies.

If you are interested in conducting studies with this process and would like our support, please feel free to contact us. Our studies administration and the scientific committee is looking forward to your suggestions. You do not have to provide a final study design upfront, but it would be much appreciated if you could describe the plan in as much detail as possible. There is a good chance we could then follow up on a single-case study or likewise with a long term study and thousands of patients. We are looking forward to hearing from you! 


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