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fMRI Neurofeedback as a novel neurotherapy for children with ADHD

10 to 18 year old boys with ADHD will be trained over several sessions to enhance their brain activity in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner by playing on a computer game with their brain activity. By seeing their brain activity directly they will be able to learn to change it. This is called Neurofeedback. Our previous pilot study showed that Neurofeedback improved all the behavioural problems ADHD children have and the attention skills as measured in attention tests. We also found that the positive effects were still observed and even better 11 months after the study and that there were no side effects of any kind. This study will be much larger and we plan to find the same positive effects. This study will help to develop a new treatment for ADHD that is not using medication.

Details:

We are looking for:

Inclusion:

  • Male
  • 10 to 18 years old

Exclusion

  • Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, learning disability, severe depression (current suicidal behaviour), tics, autism spectrum disorder
  • Brain tumours, epilepsy/ seizures
  • History of substance abuse or migraine
  • Implanted metallic material
  • Taking antipsychotic drugs (e.g., chlorpromazine, clozapine, anti-depressants), but usual medication is fine

Location:

  • London

Expenses:

The study is composed of 7 visits, and pay £180 overall.

For 4 visits (~1hr each), the participant's brain is scanned whilst playing a computer game. We pay £30 for each scanning visit. For 3 visits (~1-3hrs each), the participant will be assessed at baseline (before the first scan visit), soon after the last scan visit and then 6 months later. We pay £20 for each assessment visit.

We cover travel costs (including bus, taxi, or train fare) and contribute some to petrol money.

Contact information:

Contact MARION for more information.

Email: rteans_team@kcl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7848 5370 

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