A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Neurofeedback-based Training for Improvement in Social Phobia Disorder

Peihua Zhang, Lin Cheng
2017 NeuroQuantology  
Objective: to examine the effectiveness of using neurofeedback to improve patients' social phobia. Design and setting: randomized controlled trial, conducted at a counseling center in west china. Participants: 30 patients reporting social phobia were recruited in this study. Interventions: participants were assigned randomly to either a neurofeedback or a non-neurofeedback group. All patients in both groups received the same traditional training except for neurofeedback. The neurofeedback group
more » ... received 45 minutes of neurofeedback, twice a week for six sessions. Measures and finding: the measure of this study was the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN), which was administered before and after the program. Using a 2 × 2 MANOVA, the changes in mean SPIN were significantly higher in the neurofeedback group than in the non-neurofeedback group. Conclusions: a training program involving neurofeedback significantly improved the social phobia. Implications for practice: Consultants involved in social phobia patients care who are interested in complementary therapies should be encouraged to obtain learning in neurofeedback technique and teach patients' families in clinical settings.
doi:10.14704/nq.2017.15.4.1136 fatcat:5qkrl5lclffs5iioublwggxuxy