The Foundation for Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience
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Annual Award for the Best Neurofeedback Article 2016

This year, for the first time since 2006, the Foundation for Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience will not be presenting its award this year to the authors of a publication that, in its consideration, made the most significant contribution to the field of neurofeedback during the preceding year.


According to Foundation Secretary H. John Fisher: “Although there were a number of highly interesting and worthy studies from around the world, which in their next iteration, might look to become strong candidates, each had limitations in its present form that still needed to be addressed.  On the whole, the overall quality of research has improved over the years, and the number of articles that are being published has continued to increase.  As a result, Foundation reviewers have admittedly come to expect a more thorough and rigorous approach from the publications they consider than they might once have done.”


Foundation Director R. Michael O’Bannon noted that: “We are gratified to see research in neurofeedback continuing to expand on a worldwide basis.  The field is gradually growing beyond the small n's and limited control groups that have characterized much of the past work.  Researchers are encouraged to strive for the highest possible standards in research design and in their quantitative and qualitative analyses of findings.  The payoffs in knowledge and useful applications will be worth the effort.”


Neurofeedback – also known as neurotherapy or EEG (electroencephalography) biofeedback – is a noninvasive technology that makes it possible for an individual to change cognitive functioning, affective state or overall performance level by learning to voluntarily alter brain activity.  The neurofeedback process involves presenting the individual being “trained” with information from sensors on his or her scalp and asking that individual to vary patterns of electrical activity in the brain based on that information.  Often this training is performed in the context of a video game.


The Foundation for Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience (FNAN) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, based in California, dedicated to encouraging research into the mechanisms underlying neurofeedback and its clinical applications. It seeks to foster meaningful scientific research by providing technical assistance and other support to individuals seeking to extend the horizons of the field.  FNAN awards its prize for the best neurofeedback article on an annual basis.


Click here for a link to previous annual awards.