MASTER PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP FORM: TWENTE UNIVERSITY
Title of internship assignment
Relaxation training with neurofeedback to improve sleep
Philips Research: Brain, Behaviour & Cognition
Eindhoven, High Tech Campus 34.
Desired period of internship
April 2018 – July 208.
Literature shows that relaxation helps to sleep better, but making an interesting relaxation application is a real challenge. At Philips Research we invented an audio neurofeedback system to relax persons in a very natural and pleasant way. The user has to listen to his favourite music 30 minutes before going to sleep via an audio headset. In the headset a few EEG electrodes are integrated to capture brain signals. The more relaxation is observed in the brain signals the better the music will sound.
A trial with 30 volunteers to evaluate the effectiveness of this audio neurofeedback training to improve sleep is executed and the collection of data is nearly finished.
The experiment compares between subjects 3 different feedback mechanisms (alpha up, beta down and placebo). All volunteers use the system at home for 4 weeks and are monitored remotely. A sleep hypnogram of each night is estimated objectively via the Philips Health Watch and subjectively via a sleep questionnaire each morning.
The assignment for the internship is to finish the data collection and analyse the effect of the 3 different feedback systems on quality of sleep.
We are looking for an outgoing student, who masters the Dutch language very well, who can assist volunteers (remotely) with their relaxation training and has an interest in the topic sleep. Interested students should write a motivation letter and be willing to come to Philips for an interview.
During or after the internship at Philips it can be explored if a subsequent masterthesis assignment can be formulated.
Contact person information:
Name: Ad Denissen