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Decoded neurofeedback: eligibility, applicability, and reliability issues for use in schizophrenia and major depressive disorder


Viana, JNM and Freitas, L and Severo, MC and Gilbert, F, Decoded neurofeedback: eligibility, applicability, and reliability issues for use in schizophrenia and major depressive disorder, American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 7, (2) pp. 127-129. ISSN 2150-7740 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/21507740.2016.1190422


Recent progress in neuroimaging has paved the way for modalities that allow elucidation not only of brain structure but also of brain function. Among these developments is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a noninvasive, high-spatial-resolution method that records bloodoxygenation-level-dependent signals in the brain to track hemodynamic responses that indirectly measure brain activity (Fovet, Jardri, and Linden 2015). Further technological advancements in fMRI then allowed analysis and display of functional information in real time, expanding fMRI’s capabilities in clinical diagnosis and opening up its potential for use as treatment via real-time fMRI neurofeedback (rtfMRI-NF). In rtfMRI-NF, patients use representations of real-time reported brain activity patterns to facilitate learned self-regulation with the goal of changing behavior, cognition, or brain function (Stoeckel et al. 2014). This has been taken a step further with the introduction of decoded neurofeedback (Shibata et al. 2011), which applies a multivariate analysis to real-time fMRI feedback (Esmail and Linden 2011), expanding its spatial specificity and selection flexibility and allowing for an approach that is not a priori in defining neural networks of interest (Esmail and Linden 2011). Ultimately, real-time fMRI decoded neurofeedback (dNF) could bring potential new treatments for mental disorders.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Bioethics, Neuroethics, Eligibility, Applicability, Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disorder
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Ethical use of new technology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Bioethics
UTAS Author:Viana, JNM (Mr Noel Viana)
UTAS Author:Gilbert, F (Associate Professor Frederic Gilbert)
ID Code:113050
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE150101390)
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2016-12-09
Last Modified:2016-12-09

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