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“Better than sham?

A critical evaluation of Neurofeedback (NFT) efficacy”

Christine Blume wins Young Investigators Award 2017

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On the “Day of the University”, which we celebrated on 31st May 2017, the university also awarded the Young Investigators Awards to young scientists in the categories „Law & Economics“, „Arts & Humanities“ and „Natural & Life Sciences“. Thirty-seven young researchers from the „Natural and Life Sciences“ had submitted their abstracts. Prior to the “Day of the University” they had been evaluated and ranked by professors from the various fields. The best six candidates had then been invited to present their research during a six minute presentation, which was followed by a short discussion with the scientific committee. The announcement of the winners and award presentation ceremony took place during a ceremony in the afternoon in presence of the Austrian Federal President Alexander van der Bellen and the chancellor of the university. Christine Blume from the CCNS has won the YIA for her abstract entitled “A clue to consciousness? Significance of circadian rhythms in severely brain‐injured patients.“

Publication: Circadian Rhythms in Brain-Injured Patients

Could Fixing the Body Clock Help People Regain Consciousness?

MINNEAPOLIS – For people with severe brain injuries, researchers have found that the rhythm of daily fluctuations in body temperature is related to their level of conciousness, according to a preliminary study published in the April 19, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“Our study suggests that the closer the body temperature patterns of a severely brain injured person are to those of a healthy person’s circadian rhythm, the better they scored on tests of recovery from coma, especially when looking at arousal, which is necessary for consciousness,” said study author Christine Blume, PhD, of the University of Salzburg in Austria.


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JMN – Joint Master in Neuroscience
Faculte des Sciences de la Vie
Université de Strasbourg


Neurofeedback Publication in BRAIN


Recently, Schabus et al. (2017) were able to publish the results of several years of research on neurofeedback in the Lab for Sleep and Consciousness Research at the University of Salzburg in the prestigious scientific journal BRAIN. They had investigated the efficacy of neurofeedback for the treatment of primary insomnia. From the results of their study the authors concluded that for the treatment of this disorder, neurofeedback does not have specific efficacy that goes beyond unspecific placebo effects. They did not find an advantage of neurofeedback compared to a placebo feedback condition. In the latter condition participants received neurofeedback too, however that was unsystematic and did not include the EEG frequency range, which was assumed to be efficacious for the treatment of primary insomnia. The authors conclude that on the basis of the obtained results neurofeedback cannot be recommended as an alternative to cognitive behavioural therapy, which is the current (non-pharmacological) standard-of-care treatment.


Fulbright Grant for Kerstin Hödlmoser

CCNS member Kerstin Hödlmoser received a “Fulbright Research Grant”. In 2018 Kerstin will stay for four month at the University of California, Berkeley and conduct her research at the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory with Matthew Walker (project: “Sleep to remember…but also to forget: A combined fMRI and EEG approach to investigate sleep-dependent motor adaptation”).

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Sleep’n’Cycle Symposium 2017

from 6th December to 7th December 2017 at the University of Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)

with Genevieve Albouy (University of Leuven), Wolfgang Schöllhorn (University of Mainz), Philippe Peigneux (University of Bruxelles, and many more…

SleepNCycle Program


WissensDurstFestival of Austrian Science 2017


3rd Symposium on Sleep, Cognition, and Consciousness


in Kaprun/Austria from 2nd to 5th March 2017

with Robert Bodizs, Oliviero Bruni, Christian Cajochen, Srivas Chennu, Thanh Dang-Vu, Julien Doyon, Steffen Gais, Wolfgang Klimesch, Lucia Melloni, Nayantara Santhi, Philippe Peigneux, Gio Piantoni, Lucia Talamini, Eus Van Someren, Nathan Weisz, and many more…

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In press and accepted:

van Schalkwijk, F. J., Sauter, C., Hoedlmoser, K., Heib, D. P. J., Klösch, G., Moser, D., Gruber, G., Anderer, P., Zeitlhofer, J., & Schabus, M. (in press). The effect of daytime napping and full-night sleep in the consolidation of declarative and procedural information. Journal of sleep research. (Impact factor: 3.259)



Blume, C., Lechinger, J., Nayantara, S., del Giudice, R., Gnjezda, M.-T., Pichler, G., Scarpatetti, M., Donis, J., Michitsch, G., & Schabus, M. (2017). A clue to consciousness? Significance of circadian rhythms in severely brain-injured patients. Neurology. DOI: (Impact factor: 8.092)

Schabus, M., Griessenberger, H., Gnjezda, M.-T., Heib, D. P. J., Wislowska, M., & Hoedlmoser, K. (2017). Better than sham? A double-blind placebo-controlled neurofeedback study in primary insomnia. Brain, 140 (2), 1-12. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awx011 (Impact factor: 10.545)

Wislowska, M., del Giudice, R., Lechinger, J., Wielek, T., Heib, D., Pitiot, A., Pichler, G., Michitsch, G., Donis, J. and Schabus, M. (2017). Night and day variations of sleep in patients with disorders of consciousness. Scientific Reports, 7. (Impact factor: 5.525)


Wislowska, M. & Schabus, M. (accepted). What can we learn about brain functions from sleep EEG? Insights from sleep of DOC patients. In C. Schnakers, & S. Laureys (Eds), Coma and Disorders of Consciousness. London, UK: Springer-Press.

Wislowska, M., Heib, D.P.J., Griessenberger, H., Hoedlmoser, K. & Schabus, M. (2016). Individual baseline memory performance and its significance for sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Sleep Spindles & Cortical Up States: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 0, 1-12.

Blume, C., del Giudice, R., Lechinger, J., Wislowska, M., Heib, D.P.J., Hoedlmoser, K. & Schabus, M. (2016). Preferential processing of emotionally and self-relevant stimuli persists in unconscious N2 sleep. Brain and Language. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2016.02.004.

del Giudice, R., Blume, C., Wislowska, M., Wielek T., Heib, D.P.J., & Schabus, M. (2016). The voice of anger: oscillatory EEG responses to emotional prosody. Plos One, 11(7), e0159429. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159429.

Blume, C., Santhi, N., & Schabus, M. (2016). ‘nparACT’ package for R: A free software tool for the non-parametric analysis of actigraphy data. MethodsX, 3, 430-435.

del Giudice, R., Blume, C., Wislowska, M., Lechinger, J., Heib, D.P.J., Pichler, G., Donis, J., Michitsch, G., Gnjezda, M.-T., Chinchilla, M., & Machado, C. (2016). Can self-relevant stimuli help assessing patients with disorders of consciousness?. Consciousness and Cognition, 44, 51-60.

Thul, A., Lechinger, J., Donis, J., Michitsch, G., Pichler, G., Jordan, D., Ilg, R., & Schabus, M. (2016). EEG entropy measures indicate decrease of cortical information processing in Disorders of Consciousness. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127, 1419–1427.

Lechinger, J., Wielek, T., Blume, C., Pichler, G., Michitsch, G., Donis, J., Gruber, W., & Schabus, M. (2016). Event-related EEG power modulations and phase connectivity indicate the focus of attention in an auditory own name paradigm. Journal of Neurology, 263(8), 1530-1543.


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