Neurofeedback Training

Subject: Applications of Neurofeedback Training for People with Visual Impairment: A Review
Abstract: Neurofeedback is attracting renewed interest as a method of self-regulating one’s brain activity to directly modify the neural mechanisms underlying cognition and behaviour. It not only promises new avenues as a method for cognitive improvement in healthy subjects, but also as a therapeutic tool. It is based on providing participants with feedback on their brain activity and training them to control it by initiating directional changes.

It has been shown in the past that visual feedback is the type of sensory input that produces the best learning processes. However, to date, other feedback modalities have been less explored, although specific circumstances may require differentiated feedback due to the particular pathology or requirements of the rehabilitation process, such as in the case of visually impaired people. This contribution will illustrate some recent scientific work that has tested haptic, vibrotactile or auditory feedback applications, evaluating the effectiveness of these interventions compared to traditional methodology. Such evidence opens up interesting scenarios of use also for visually impaired or blind people,
both for the delivery of clinical interventions and for the rehabilitation
or enhancement of specific cognitive functions such as auditory selective
attention. Overall, the results point to a potential line of future development towards multisensory neurofeedback VR interfaces that can also be adapted to the specific needs of visually impaired or blind people.

Speaker: Mr. Pierluigi Diotaiuti
Organisation: University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
Short biography of speaker: Dr. Ph.D. Pierluigi Diotaiuti is Assistant Professor in General Psychology at the Department of Human Sciences, Society and Health, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. Since 2005 he has held various teaching assignments for degree and master’s degree courses in Communication Sciences, Pedagogical Sciences, Motor Sciences including:
Psychology of Communication, Psychology of Cognitive Processes, Work
Psychology, Cognitive Ergonomics, Personality Psychology, Sport Psychology.
From 2009 to 2010 head of the Laboratory for Research in Psychology, from 2010 to 2013 head of the Laboratory for Relational Studies and Training,From 2015 to present member of the Laboratory for Epidemiology, Motor
Activities and Lifestyles. Since 2015 senior lecturer in Data Analysis and Research Methodology for the Environment, Active Lifestyles and Health track of the PhD course in Civil, Mechanical and Biomechanical Engineering.
Currently he’s Scientific Coordinator of the Postgraduate Masters in
Emergency Management and Emergency Psychology; Management of Adolescent Well-being and Mental Health; Stress and Health Management in Public Administration.Main research areas: Cognitive Psychology; Motivational
Processes; Health Psychology, Self-Regulation and Action Theory; Human
Factors, Environmental and Community Psychology.He is the author of numerous works including monographs, scientific articles in international journals and proceedings of national and international congresses. Member of the following scientific societies IAAP (International Association of
Applied Psychology); EACE (European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics);
ISCP (International Society of Comparative Psychology); AIP (Italian
Association of Psychology); AIPS (Italian Association of Sport Psychology);
ISRA (International Society for Research on Aggression); ASSODIMA (National
Association of Disaster Managers).

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