Date of Defense

Spring 4-17-2012

Date of Graduation

Spring 4-28-2012

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Amy Naugle, Psychology

Second Advisor

Abby Blankenship, Psychology

Abstract

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder affecting a tremendous portion of children in the United States. Medication and traditional Behavioral interventions have remained the primary forms of treatment. Research has demonstrated that brain wave frequencies are directly associated with behavior. Children diagnosed with ADHD have abnormal EEG profiles compared to their peers. EEG Neurofeedback developed as an operant conditioning treatment for brain waves to influence behavior. Neurofeedback has been found as effective as medication without the negative side effects or high percent of non-responders. Unlike medication and Behavioral Treatments, Neurofeedback offers long-term effects following the conclusion of treatment. This review analyzes studies investigating the effects medication, traditional Behavioral treatments, and Neurofeedback have on symptoms of ADHD.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Psychology Commons

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