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February 2, 2010

Interview with Joel Lubar-- ADHD, LORETA, Z-Scores, History

By Rob Kall

Z-score neurofeedback, LORETA neurofeedback, some history of neurofeedback and some future of neurofeedback


Download My podcast interview with Professor Lubar here

Dr. Joel Lubar

Some notes taken during the interview:

early experiments in 1973, 1974 with Sterman's protocol suggested it would help MBD
conrolled double blind study 75, 76
Wrote book, Behavioral approaches to neurology 1981
Woman's day magazine published in 1991 was a breakthrough article
boy in clinic did really well and mother was a freelancer. Article got such widespread distribution got 6500 inquiries from around the world. STarted them doing workshops.
Over 2000, maybe as many as 2500 members in orgs doing neurofeedback.
How he presents neurofeedback to clients or parents.
Protocols-- using database,
using qEEG vs Mini/Quick Q vs simple placements
Z score training measures how you differ from a qEEG database
If more than 2 Z scores from the database, you train it back to normal.
training 200 measures simultaneously
150 applications of neurofeedback listing of practitioners, and comprehensive bibliography of hundreds of papers in the field in neurofeedback sorted by disorders.
LORETA Low resolution electromagnetic Tomographic ANalysis.
SEe what's happening inside the brain. Developed by Roberto Pascal Marti, Key Institute, Zurich
LORETA Neurofeedback developed at U. Tennessee, published 13 papers on this.
Cingulate gyrus, Hippocampal, Insular cortex, Orbitalfrontal cortex.
We developed a technique to train these directly.
Workshops twice a year in Deerfield beach FLorida on how to do LORETA Neurofeedback
somewhat like functional MRI-- hundreds of papers cross-correlating Loreta with PET, fMRI...
Programs that can be downloaded that give finer grain analysis
2394 location in grey matter in brain.
New programs allow over 6700 locations.
Multichannel Z score training.
Workshops, one-on-one training on-line and by phone.
by Spring, Applied Neuroscience will be offering LORETA neurofeedback Z score training.
Functional MRI neurofeedback for things like chronic pain. Can image very small images down to
thalmus, brainstem, cerebellum
Downside is it is very expensive, can only be done in large medical settings. LORETA is very affordable.
The goal is to be able to train activity inside the brain. fMRI looks at oxygen and blood flow, while LORETA looks at electrical activity.
Applications for LORETA
depression, anxiety, OCD, certainly attentional disorders.
Dream, eventually DSM will use qEEG and LORETA information to correlate different clinical disorders.
Then treatment could be, without medications through neurofeedback, behavior therapy.
Technique: Reference EEG record for 20 minutes, getting a clean record with artifiacts removed. THen, the results are used to identify which medications will be most helpful, with dosages. Accuracy is 70-80% and getting better all the time. Neurologists report that results include what they would have prescribed plus others they hadn't thought of.
Malpractice, patients getting worse-- more likely if qEEG is not done.
Cases of litigation
Z score trainging with Autistic spectrum disorder, aspergers-- many patterns in autism workshops. southeastern biofeedback org
for referrals:
For zscoretraining info: Robert Thatcher's website. qEEG LORETA neurofeedback discovery system.
Christopher De Charms fMRI neurofeedback
depression-- looking at cingulate gyrus
can almost see individual neurons-- using 9 and 11 tessla
in animals can see individual pryamidal cells in the hippocampus. Useful for studying dementia.

Authors Bio:

One theme has run through my work for the past 40 plus years-- a desire to play a role in waking people up, raising their consciousness and empowering them.
I was the organizer founder of the Winter Brain, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology and StoryCon Meetings and president of Futurehealth, Inc., with interests in Positive Psychology as well as being involved in the field of biofeedback/neurofeedback since 1972.
see my more detailed bio, reflecting my work in biofeedback, here.

In 2003 I founded , where I've written over 1800 articles and have published over 100,000 other people's writings, with the goal of raising people's consciousness in political and activist ways.