A study of EEG mu neurofeedback during action observation

Yuki Ikeda, Yuki Nishimura, Nakyeong Shin, Shigekazu Higuchi

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The mirror system is a brain network that gets activated during action performance and observation. Brain mu waves have been used as a mirror system activity index; however, mu rhythm is prone to contamination by occipital alpha wave activity, thus raising a concern regarding its reliability as an index of the mirror system activity. In this study, we investigated whether mu suppression can be used as an index of neurofeedback training, which influences mirror system activities. Participants observed videos of hand movement under three different conditions: central mu feedback (muFB), occipital alpha feedback (aFB), and simple observation without any feedback (OBS). Results showed that at the 4–5 min mark, mu wave was most significantly suppressed in the central site at muFB. We thus demonstrated the possibility of increasing mu wave suppression in feedback training using a specific stimulus such as motion observation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1284
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)


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