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Feasibility Study Using In-Water EEG Measurement during Dolphin Assisted Therapy

Johannes, Bernd Wolfgang and Bernius, Peter and Lindemann, Juergen and Kraus de Camargo, Olaf and Oerter, Rolf (2016) Feasibility Study Using In-Water EEG Measurement during Dolphin Assisted Therapy. International Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 4 (1), pp. 17-25. Scientific & Academic Publishing. doi: 10.5923/j.ijcp.20160401.03. ISSN 2332-8371.

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Dolphin aided therapy (DAT) is still lacking convincing scientific verification. To assess neurophysiologic changes in the brain during therapy sessions a novel methodological approach was developed and tested. It consists of a reliable and good quality registry of electroencephalogram (EEG) during in-water interactions between patients (children) and the dolphin. In a feasibility study we could demonstrate that this was technically possible. The procedure did not interfere significantly with the therapeutic process. Children and parents tolerated the procedure well. The registered EEG could be used for clinical analyses and represents an addition to existing assessments to describe therapy effects on brain activity during the therapy sessions in the water. Further studies are recommended to determine ideal test protocols and include a greater number of subjects.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/118358/
Document Type:Article
Title:Feasibility Study Using In-Water EEG Measurement during Dolphin Assisted Therapy
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Bernius, PeterCenter of Children Neuro-Orthopedics, Schön Clinic München Harlaching, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Lindemann, JuergenDolphin AidUNSPECIFIED
Kraus de Camargo, OlafDevelopmental Paediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Oerter, RolfLMU München, Psychology and Pedagogics; Munich, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 17-25
Publisher:Scientific & Academic Publishing
Keywords:Dolphin aided therapy, Electroencephalogram
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Weltraumpsychologie (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Muscle and Bone Metabolism
Deposited By: Becker, Christine
Deposited On:30 Jan 2018 10:10
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:15

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