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Core Reading List (BCIA)


The following list of reading sources is suggested for individuals who are preparing for Board Certification in Neurofeedback:

Supplementary Reading


The following sources are provided for those seeking additional information beyond the Introductory Knowledge level required for the Neurofeedback Certification Exam:

Technical Aspects of Neuromodulation

  • Cannon, R.L. (2012).  Low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (LORETA). Basic concepts and clinical applications. Corpus Christi, TX: BMed Press.

  • Coben, R. & Evans, J.R. (Eds.) (2011). Neurofeedback and neuromodulation techniques and applications.  London: Academic Press.

  • Collura, T., & Frederick, J. (2017). Handbook of Clinical QEEG and Neurotherapy. New York and London: Routledge.

  • Hammond, D.C. & Gunkelman, J. (2011). The art of artifacting, Vol. 2.  Corpus Christi, TX: BMed Press.

Additional Reading
  • Fisher, S. (2014). Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company.

  • Swingle, P.G. (2015). Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice: A Clinician’s Guide to the ClinicalQ, Neurofeedback, and Braindriving. New York: Springer International Publishing.

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This list of biofeedback reading sources in the Core Reading List is suggested for individuals who are preparing for BCIA certification in biofeedback.  This list has been recently updated to match the revised 2015 blueprint.  The board has taken the revisions into consideration when building the new exam.

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Core Reading List


This list is what you use to study for the BCIA certification exam in Biofeedback.

Advanced General Biofeedback Reading List

This list of biofeedback reading sources is suggested for BCIA-certified individuals who wish to gain advanced knowledge.


  • Andreassi, J. L. (2007). Psychophysiology: Human behavior and physiological response. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

  • Cacioppo, J. T., Tassinary, L. G., & Bernstson, G. G. (2000). Handbook of psychophysiology (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Julien, R. M. (2005). A primer of drug action (10th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.

  • Moss, D., McGrady, A., Davies, T. C., & Wickramasekera, I. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of mind-body medicine for primary care. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

EEG Biofeedback

  • Please refer to Neurofeedback Recommended Reading


  • Cram, J. R., Kasman, G. S., & Holtz, J. (1997). Introduction to surface electromyography. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers.

  • Kasman, G. S., Cram, J. R., & Wolf, S. L. (1998). Clinical applications in surface electromyography: Chronic musculoskeletal pain. Gaithersburg: MD: Aspin Publishers, Inc.

  • Peper, E., & Gibney, K. H. (2006). Muscle biofeedback at the computer: A manual to prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI) by taking the guesswork out of assessment, monitoring, and training. Amersfoort, The Netherlands: BFE.


  • Kendall, F. P. (Ed.). (2005). Muscles: Testing and function, with posture and pain (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

  • National Headache Foundation (2005). Standards of care for headache diagnosis and treatment. National Headache Foundation.

  • Sherman, R. A. (2004). Pain assessment and intervention. Wheat Ridge, CO: AAPB.

  • Silberstein, S. D., Lipton, R. B., & Goadsby, P. J. (2002). Headache in clinical practice (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Martin Dunitz Ltd

Relaxation/Stress Management

  • Davies, M., Eshelman, E. R., & McKay, M. (2000). The relaxation & stress reduction workbook (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

  • P. M. Lehrer, R. L. Woolfolk, & W. E. Sime (Eds.) (2007). Principles and practice of stress management (3rd ed.) New York: Guilford.

  • Sapolsky, R. M. (2004). Why zebras don't get ulcers: A guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping (3rd ed.). New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

  • Smith, J. C. (2002). Stress management: A comprehensive handbook of techniques and strategies. New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.


Respiration and HRV

  • Fried, R. (1993). The psychology and physiology of breathing: In behavioral medicine, clinical psychology, and psychiatry. New York: Plenum Press.

  • Lehrer, P.M., Vaschillo, E., & Vaschillo, B. (2000). Resonant frequency biofeedback training to increase cardiac variability: rationale and manual for training. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 25(3), 177-191.

  • Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., & Lehrer, P. M. (2006). Characteristics of resonance in heart rate variability stimulated by biofeedback. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 31(2), 129-142.

Recommended reading list
(ISNR website)

Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Compassion in Biofeedback Practice

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