Wyss Center Neuro Talks
Neuropsychological factors influencing brain self-regulation
Dr. Ranganatha Sitaram, PhD, Associate Professor,
Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering,
Schools of Engineering, Biology & Medicine,
Department of Psychiatry and Division of Neuroscience,
School of Medicine,
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Talk summary: Despite its promise, neurofeedback faces several challenges, including the failure of some individuals to achieve self-regulation, inter-individual differences in learning capacity, uncertain long-term effects and unclear transfer benefits. Indeed, a substantial proportion — up to 30% — of participants in neurofeedback and BCI studies fail to self-regulate specific brain activity, even after repeated training. Better knowledge of the neural mechanisms underpinning self-regulation will likely assist in the design of more-efficient experimental and clinical protocols, tools and technologies for neurofeedback, and in developing greater knowledge of neurophysiology. In this talk, we will address the psychophysiological factors that influence learning, the functional and structural brain mechanisms of self-regulation, and the theoretical models of learning and memory that can be applied to neurofeedback training.