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Neurofeedback: a promising tool for the self-regulation of emotion networks

Johnston, S. J., Boehm, S. G., Healy, D., Goebel, R. and Linden, D. E. J. 2010. Neurofeedback: a promising tool for the self-regulation of emotion networks. NeuroImage 49 (1) , pp. 1066-1072. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.07.056

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Real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) affords the opportunity to explore the feasibility of self-regulation of functional brain networks through neurofeedback. We localised emotion networks individually in thirteen participants using fMRI and trained them to upregulate target areas, including the insula and amygdala. Participants achieved a high degree of control of these networks after a brief training period. We observed activation increases during periods of upregulation of emotion networks in the precuneus and medial prefrontal cortex and, with increasing training success, in the ventral striatum. These findings demonstrate the feasibility of fMRI-based neurofeedback of emotion networks and suggest a possible development into a therapeutic tool.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion; Neurofeedback; Functional magnetic resonance imaging; Insula; Amygdala; Striatum
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1053-8119
Date of Acceptance: 21 July 2009
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 16:11

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