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Slow Cortical Potentials

Professor C Richard Clark

They can either facilitate or inhibit learning by the brain during such operations. This is achieved via tonic regulation of a cortical region (“cortical sheet”) to either lower (increased negativity; facilitation) or raise (increased positivity; inhibition) its threshold of firing. Increased negativity will render the region more likely to respond and adapt to stimulus events (i.e. learning); increased positivity will reduce the likelihood of such response. There are indications that SCP modulation may rely on the coordinated activity of neuronal and glial cell systems (Fellin et al., 2009). Threshold regulation can be trained via SCP neurofeedback, with electrode placement determined by functional relevance. There are benefits of SCP neurofeedback reported for a number of clinical conditions. The best evidence pertains to attention deficit disorder, epilepsy and migraine (Wyckoff et al, 2011) but there is also promising clinical data in relation to alcohol dependence, bipolar disorder, major depression, autism and dyslexia. This presentation provides a review of this background and work through the procedures of SCP training and its outcomes.

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Professor C Richard Clark

Richard Clark is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Flinders University, where he is a past Head of School. He has been internationally recognised  for  his contributions to cognitive neuroscience and in the provision of some of the initial evidence of brain changes in many disorders of psychological function, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Whilst at Flinders University, he developed one of the first cognitive science programs in Australia, combining knowledge, conceptual frameworks and academic expertise from a range of disciplines including psychology, medicine, biology, linguistics, mathematics, computer science, engineering and philosophy. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, articles and books and during his career, with colleagues, has attracted over $5 million dollars in research funds from local and national funding bodies. In addition to a career in research, he has practiced as a clinician for over 30 years, initially focusing on the neuropsychological assessment of psychopathological conditions, with an emphasis on assessing brain as well as psychological function to provide a more objective understanding of functional loss. Over the last 10 years his practice has also focused on combining psychotherapy and neurotherapy in the treatment of many disorders of mental health.  He has been instrumental in Australia in helping establish the regulated use of neurotherapy as an adjunct to conventional psychotherapies, contributing to the development of clinical practice standards and the creation of a national accreditation authority. He is on the National Executive of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia, on the Board of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance Australia. He is a past-President of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, past-Patron of the Brain Injury Network of South Australia, is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Clinical EEG & Neuroscience, and is a Fellow of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia and of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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