A NOVEL APPROACH TO ALPHA ACTIVITY TRAINING USING WATER BASED ELECTRODES

M. K. J. Dekker, M. M. Sitskoorn, A. Denissen, M. Jager, D. Vernon, V. Mihajlovic, G. J. M. van Boxtel

Abstract

Fifty healthy participants took part in a double-blind placebo-controlled study in which they were either given auditory alpha brain activity (8–12 Hz) training (N=18), random beta training (N=12), or no training at all (N=20). A novel wireless electrode system was used for training without instructions, involving water-based electrodes mounted in an audio headset. Training was applied approximately at central positions C3 and C4. Post-training measurement using a conventional full-cap EEG system revealed an increase in alpha activity at posterior sites compared to pre-training levels. This significant increase was present only in the group that received alpha training, and remained evident at a 3 month follow-up session. In an exit interview, approximately twice as many participants in the alpha training group mentioned that the training was relaxing, compared to those in the control groups. Overall, results suggest that self-guided alpha activity training using this novel system is feasible and represents a step forward in the ease of instrumental conditioning of brain rhythms.

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K. J. Dekker M., M. Sitskoorn M., Denissen A., Jager M., Vernon D., Mihajlovic V. and J. M. van Boxtel G. (2012). A NOVEL APPROACH TO ALPHA ACTIVITY TRAINING USING WATER BASED ELECTRODES . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: BSSS, (BIOSTEC 2012) ISBN 978-989-8425-88-1, pages 481-486. DOI: 10.5220/0003888904810486


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@conference{bsss12,
author={M. K. J. Dekker and M. M. Sitskoorn and A. Denissen and M. Jager and D. Vernon and V. Mihajlovic and G. J. M. van Boxtel},
title={A NOVEL APPROACH TO ALPHA ACTIVITY TRAINING USING WATER BASED ELECTRODES},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: BSSS, (BIOSTEC 2012)},
year={2012},
pages={481-486},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003888904810486},
isbn={978-989-8425-88-1},
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SN - 978-989-8425-88-1
AU - K. J. Dekker M.
AU - M. Sitskoorn M.
AU - Denissen A.
AU - Jager M.
AU - Vernon D.
AU - Mihajlovic V.
AU - J. M. van Boxtel G.
PY - 2012
SP - 481
EP - 486
DO - 10.5220/0003888904810486