Seizures and arousal: Interaction between epileptiform activity and central autonomic control in patients with chronic epilepsy (Can biofeedback help seizure control?)
Brighton and Sussex Medical school, UK
About the study
This study will investigate if biofeedback treatment can be effective in helping seizure control
What will participants be asked to do?
Participants will be asked to either:
- Attend the University of Sussex on two occasions for brain scans, then have home-training sessions on using biofeedback, or
- Visit the University of Sussex for 12 biofeedback sessions (three times a week, for four consecutive weeks) and also have two brain scans
During the brain scans, participants will be asked to perform simple button pressing tasks, as well as biofeedback exercises. The biofeedback exercises resemble computer game playing. However, you use your mind concentration to control the game, rather than using your fingers.
Travel costs will be reimbursed (up to £30 per session). Participants will also receive £30 for each scan.
Who can take part?
You can take part if you:
- Have temporal lobe epilepsy
- Have a record of your seizures (such as a seizure diary) that goes back for at least 3 months
- Have more than four seizures a month
- Have previous experience of MRI scans
- Are aged between 18 and 70
- Have no progressive neurological conditions
Who is conducting the research?
Dr Yoko Nagai
Please contact Dr Yoko Nagai:
Telephone: 0127 387 6828
Dr Yoko Nagai
Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RR