The response of a case of petit mal epilepsy to EEG sensorimotor rhythm biofeedback training

Int J Psychophysiol. 1985 Nov;3(2):81-4. doi: 10.1016/0167-8760(85)90029-7.


A 14-year-old girl, with a long history of absence seizures, sudden rages, spatial disorientation, and academic difficulties received long-term (33 sessions) EEG sensorimotor rhythm biofeedback training. Operantly conditioned increases in the average amplitude of the 14 Hz neural discharge rhythm, over the central Rolandic cortex and cerebrolongitudinal fissure, resulted in a total cessation of her absence seizures; which had, prior to the EEG sensorimotor rhythm biofeedback training, occurred at the rate of 4-5 absences per hour. Concurrently, her sudden rages, spatial disorientation, and academic functioning all evidenced significant remediation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biofeedback, Psychology*
  • Conditioning, Operant*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsy, Absence / physiopathology
  • Epilepsy, Absence / psychology
  • Epilepsy, Absence / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans