The Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg


Announcement for the next
Informal Seminar
Dr.-Ing. Mehmet Eylem Kirlangic
Institut für biomedizinische Technik und Informatik
TU Illmenau

EEG-BIOFEEDBACK AND EPILEPSY: CONCEPT, METHODOLOGY AND TOOLS FOR (NEURO)THERAPY PLANNING AND OBJECTIVE EVALUATION

Wednesday, June 1, 2005
13:15h
BCCN building
Hansastraße 9A

79104 Freiburg
Abstract:
Objective diagnosis and therapy evaluation are still challenging tasks for many neurological disorders. This is highly related to the diversity of cases and the variety of treatment modalities. Especially in the case of epilepsy, which is a complex disorder not wellexplained at the biochemical and physiological levels, there is the need of investigations for novel features, which can be extracted and quantified from electrophysiological signals in clinical practice. Neurotherapy is a complementary treatment applied in various disorders of the central nervous system, including epilepsy. The method is subsumed under behavioral medicine and is considered an operant conditioning in psychological terms.
This interdisciplinary work spanning from engineering (i.e., in terms of data acquisition, digital signal processing and data management) over neurology (i.e., epilepsy as a neurological disorder) to psychology (i.e., EEG-biofeedback as a process of learning), focuses on increasing the objectivity in diagnosis and therapy evaluation via introducing a concept and a methodology with its corresponding tools (e.g., the Neuroprofile, the Neurobase, and a set of novel quantitative features extracted from EEG, ERP and ECG). Based on the gained insights through the work, synergetics is proposed as a theoretical framework for comprehending neurotherapy as a complex process of learning, and the direct current (DC)-level in EEG is hypothesized as an order parameter of the brain complex open system.
The talk is open to the public. Guests are cordially invited!
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