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BIAL Foundation
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DocumentfMRI neurofeedback: Brain self-regulation or biobehavioral intervention? 2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-118
Location: BF-GMS
118 - Recursive consciousness training: Using neurofeedback to induce altered states
Duration: 2015-09 - 2017-11
Amir Raz, Niels Birbaumer, Robert T Thibault
Institution(s): Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University (Canada); Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Raz, A.
Secondary author(s):
Birmaumer, N., Thibault, R. T.
Number of reproductions:
Brain Self-Regulation / Altered States of Consciousness / Neurofeedback / Meditation / Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-118.10
Location: BF-GMS
fMRI neurofeedback: Brain self-regulation or biobehavioral intervention?
Publication year: 2016
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Neurofeedback with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI-nf) heralds new hope concerning the self-regulation of brain and behavior. Theoretically, modulating specific brain activations promises to tailor cognition, emotion, thought, and action; however, reducing complex mental health issues to circumscribed neural regions remains elusive. Empirically, findings from the vast majority of fMRI-nf experiments suggest that we can self-regulate diverse brain activations, yet replication of behavioral findings remains sparse. Here we provide a systematic review that integrates and synthesizes information from 78 primary fMRI-nf research experiments – the bulk of currently available information. To disentangle placebo influences and establish the specific effects of neurofeedback, we highlight the need for double-blind, sham-controlled studies with rigorous and standardized statistical analyses. We further elucidate the value of comparing neural activation and behavior after neurofeedback to pre-training baseline measures, initial trials, and data from control participants. To drive fMRI-nf toward clinical inclusion, relevant studies must confirm the sustainability, transferability, and practicality of fMRI-nf in patient populations. We can change brain activations with fMRI-nf; however, additional carefully designed experiments would have to unravel whether this technique constitutes an effective biobehavioral intervention.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Thibault, R. T.
Secondary author(s):
MacPherson, S., Roth, R., Raz, A.
Document type:
Number of reproductions:
Thibault, R. T., MacPherson, S., Roth, R., & Raz, A. (2016). fMRI neurofeedback: Brain self-regulation or biobehavioral intervention? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Conference Abstract: SAN2016 Meeting.
Indexed document: Yes
Keywords: Neurofeedback / rtfMRI / Brain imaging methods / fMRI methods / Applied neurosciences / Brain self-regulation / Self-regulation / Psychiatry / Clinical protocols / Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)