Yes, I can - maybe … Effects of placebo-related instructions on neuroregulation in children with ADHD

Language
en
Document Type
Article
Issue Date
2023-05-23
First published
2020-07-01
Issue Year
2020
Authors
Gevensleben, Holger
Schmiedeke, David
Heinrich, Hartmut
Rothenberger, Aribert
Editor
Publisher
Springer Vienna
Abstract

Abstract Neurofeedback training (NFT) provides strategies for children with ADHD to achieve changes on the neurophysiological and behavioral level to attenuate ADHD symptoms. We assume self-efficacy (an “active attitude”), a core variable in successful NFT. In a randomized, double-blind controlled study, we investigated the impact of a “placebo instruction” on the EEG-regulation performance during two sessions of Theta-Beta-NFT in children with ADHD (age 8–12 years). Children receiving the information “this might be a placebo-training” showed inferior neuroregulation (n = 10) compared to children receiving a standard instruction (n = 12). Results of our pilot study are discussed in view of factors necessary for a valid training (ensuring maximal self-efficacy in the participants) and the fidelity of placebo-controlled trials in NFT-research.

Journal Title
Journal of Neural Transmission
Volume
127
Issue
7
Citation

Journal of Neural Transmission 127.7 (2020): 1093-1096. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00702-020-02193-z

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