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


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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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},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: BSSS, (BIOSTEC 2012)},

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JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: BSSS, (BIOSTEC 2012)
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