Developing an EEG-fNIRS Neurofeedback Application for Brain Training for Autistic Children

Project: Research project

Project Details


Altered brain function is a hallmark feature of autism spectrum disorder and underpins cognitive, emotional, and social differences in autistic individuals. Unfortunately, in Hong Kong, the brain health of autistic children has been largely neglected; technological methods that directly alter autistic brain functioning also remain lacking. These lead to suboptimal outcomes for many autistic children. In the West, neurofeedback training using either electroencephalography (EEG) or functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) has been shown to bring promising cognitive, emotional, and behavioral benefits to some neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism. Importantly, these technologies are relatively low-cost and user-friendly, making them ideal for remediating brain dysfunction. Because EEG and fNIRS capture different aspects of brain activity, integrating them can arguably augment the therapeutic effects of neurofeedback training. Here, we propose a proof-of-concept project to make innovations in developing a versatile, currently nonexistent combined EEG-fNIRS neurofeedback application to offer synergistic brain training for autistic children. Using this application, we will then evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of combined EEG-fNIRS neurofeedback training for improving functioning and symptoms in these children. This project will enable a direct, comprehensive technology-based neurorehabilitation for autistic children, which can help reduce healthcare costs and feed the medical technology industry in Hong Kong.

Funding Source: HKSAR Govt - Innovative and Technology Fund (ITF)
Effective start/end date01/02/2431/07/25


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