Recently, Schabus et al. (2017) were able to publish the results of several years of research on ‘Neurofeedback’ in the Lab for Sleep and Consciousness Research at the University of Salzburg in the prestigious scientific journal BRAIN.

They had investigated the efficacy of neurofeedback for the treatment of primary insomnia. From the results of their study the authors concluded that for the treatment of this disorder, neurofeedback does not have specific efficacy that goes beyond unspecific placebo effects. They did not find an advantage of neurofeedback compared to a placebo feedback condition. In the latter condition participants received neurofeedback too, however that was unsystematic and did not include the EEG frequency range, which was assumed to be efficacious for the treatment of primary insomnia. The authors conclude that on the basis of the obtained results neurofeedback cannot be recommended as an alternative to cognitive behavioural therapy, which is the current (non-pharmacological) standard-of-care treatment.

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