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Attention Training with an Easy–to–Use Brain Computer Interface

  • Filippo Benedetti
  • Nicola Catenacci Volpi
  • Leonardo Parisi
  • Giuseppe Sartori
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8526)

Abstract

This paper presents a cognitive training based on a brain–computer interface (BCI) that was developed for an adult subject with an attention disorder. According to the neurofeedback methodology, the user processes in real time his own electrical brain activity, which is detected through a non-invasive EEG device. The subject was trained in actively self modulating his own electrical patterns within a play therapy by using a reward–based virtual environment. Moreover, a consumer easy–to–use EEG headset was used, in order to assess its suitability for a concrete clinical application. At the end of the training, the patient obtained a significant improvement in attention.

Keywords

Play therapy Attention training Rehabilitation Brain–computer interface (BCI) Neurofeedback 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filippo Benedetti
    • 1
  • Nicola Catenacci Volpi
    • 2
  • Leonardo Parisi
    • 3
    • 4
  • Giuseppe Sartori
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General PsychologyPadova UniversityPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentUniv. of HertfordshireHatfieldUK
  3. 3.UOS SapienzaIstituto Sistemi Complessi, CNRRomeItaly
  4. 4.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversità La SapienzaRomeItaly

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