2015 AAPB Webinar: A case of voluntary pain control revealed using EEG and sLORE

A case of voluntary pain control revealed using EEG and sLORETA Imaging

Presented by:
Thomas Collura, PhD, MSMHC, Brain Enrichment Center

October 05, 2015 at 1:00pm Eastern time

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Course Description:
This oral presentation will include a video summary of the reported work, as well as graphic data showing results in an unusual experiment. An experience Sufi practitioner was observed during the 2012 AAPB meeting in Portland, during which time he pierced himself with skewers, and did not experience significant pain or bleeding. As a scientific experiment, his EEG was recorded with 19 channels, and a continuous sLORETA reconstruction of his brain activity was performed. Using a normative database (John et al.), it was possible to create images of unusual brain activation and de-activation in specific locations related to pain perception. The results will be show and discussed, providing evidence that this individual effectively self-regulated his brain activity in specific locations, leading to the ability to endure an otherwise painful experience, remaining evidently comfortable and healthy.

Learning Objectives:
Professionals who complete this webinar will gain:

  • Describe the experiment in which a Sufi practitioner entered a targeted mental state, and proceeded to pierce himself with a skewer.
  • Explain why it is relevant to study an individual who can voluntarily endure significant pain without discomfort.
  • Describe the specific brain locations and frequencies in which EEG deviations were observed using sLORETA in the Sufi experiment.
  • Relate the Sufi's specific EEG characteristics with a proposed model of how he is able to perform this discipline.
  • Describe the idea of brain functional hubs, and how it is demonstrated by this experiment.

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 credits

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1.5 hours.
BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Collura is currently president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc., and clinical director of the Brain Enrichment Center, in Bedford, Ohio. He received the Ph.D. in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University in Biomedical Engineering for research on visual and auditory evoked potentials and attention. He received the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2013. He served for 8 years on the staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland, Clinic, developing computerized EEG monitoring and mapping systems. He is the founder of BrainMaster Technologies, Bedford, OH, a developer of EEG and neurofeedback systems. He has over 20 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the areas of EEG, evoked potentials, and neurofeedback. He is a past president of the ISNR, and a past president of the neurofeedback division of the AAPB. He recently chaired the IEEE standards effort on Recommended Practice for Neurofeedback Systems, whose standard was approved in 2012.


October 5, 2015through October 5, 2015
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1.5 CE Credits, per Seminar.

Conference Packages

Registration Option Description
Main Registration You may have multiple people participate in the webinar, but if someone needs a continuing education certificate they must register as an additional person for the event.

Additional Registrant If you need a continuing education certificate for your records, you will need to register as an additional person.


Events for Monday, October 5, 2015 Date Time
2015 AAPB Webinar: A case of voluntary pain control revealed using EEG and sLORE Oct 5, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

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