Effect of Individual Features of the CNS on Efficiency of Relaxation Biofeedback Training in 9- to 10-Year-Old Children. A.S.Gorev, O.A.Semenova, 2003

Abstract — The possibilities of biofeedback training for improvement of the self-control of the functional state (relaxation) were studied in 9- to 10–year-old children. At the first stage, under conditions of electrophysiological experiment, relaxation shifts were assessed in the cycle quiet wakefulness–relaxation–recovery of the initial state by autonomic (skin resistance) and EEG (spectra and coherence) indices. The children were then trained to control their functional state with a computer game including a feedback loop by skin temperature. After the training cycle, children were repeatedly examined in electrophysiological experiment with the instruction to control their state. Comparative analysis of self-induced relaxation changes before and after a successful training course revealed greater shifts of skin resistance and an increase in the number of distant functional connections (especially, in the intermediate and high-frequency EEG α subbands), with a significantly increased coherence level during relaxation. A correlation was found between the efficiency of self-regulation training and some individual psychophysiological characteristics (simple motor reaction time, autonomic coefficient, resting EEG). Low efficiency of self-control training was observed in younger schoolchildren with a sharply deviant (from the mean group values) reaction time and autonomic coefficient, as well as with EEG manifestations of functional immaturity of the upper brain regulatory structures. The dependence of the EEG changes on the self-regulation strategy is discussed on the basis of obtained evidence and data in the literature.

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