Neurofeedback, which is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity, using electroencephalograpy approved by thousands of practitioners appears to both better normal brain function and relieve a wide variety of mental disorders ranging from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., McGill University researchers Robert Thibault and Amir Raz conclude that clinical advancements from this popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.
- Thibault, R.T., & Raz, A. (2016). When can neurofeedback join the clinical armamentarium? The Lancet Psychiatry, 3 (6): 497․