ERIC Number: EJ724451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Effect of Neurofeedback on Hemispheric Word Recognition
Barnea, A.; Rassis, A.; Zaidel, E.
Brain and Cognition, v59 n3 p314-321 Dec 2005
We applied SMR/theta neurofeedback (NF) training at central sites of 20 Israeli children aged 10-12 years, half boys and half girls. Half of the subjects received C3 training and the other half C4 training, consisting of 20 half-hour sessions. We assessed the effects of training on lateralized lexical decision in Hebrew. The lateralized lexical decision test reveals an independent contribution of each hemisphere to word recognition (Barnea, Mooshagian, & Zaidel, 2003). Training increased accuracy and sensitivity. It increased left hemisphere (LH) specialization under some conditions but it did not affect interhemispheric transfer. Training did affect psycholinguistic processing in the two hemispheres, differentially at C3 and C4. Training also increased hemispheric independence. There were surprising sex differences in the effects of training. In boys, C4 training improved LH accuracy, whereas in girls C3 training improved LH accuracy. The results suggest that the lateralized NF protocol activates asymmetric hemispheric control circuits which modify distant hemispheric networks and are organized differently in boys and girls.
Descriptors: Word Recognition, Foreign Countries, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Psycholinguistics, Gender Differences, Training, Biofeedback, Semitic Languages
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Identifiers - Location: Israel