Thilo Hinterberger

Thilo Hinterberger
University Hospital Regensburg | Uni Regensburg · Abteilung für Psychosomatische Medizin

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Background In Patients suffering from post-COVID syndrome, in addition to physical limitations, cognitive limitations, fatigue, dyspnea as well as depression and anxiety disorders may also be present. Up to now (as of May 2022), approx. 514 million people worldwide have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, in Germany this affects approx. 25 million. In G...
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Background Periprosthetic joint infection represents a major complication in orthopaedics and trauma surgery. For an ideal management approach, it is important to understand the distinct challenges for all persons involved in the treatment. Therefore, it was aimed at investigating (1) the impact of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) on the well-b...
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Objective: No current model of consciousness is univocally accepted on either theoretical or empirical grounds, and the need for a solid unifying framework is evident. Special attention has been given to the premise that self-organized criticality (SOC) is a fundamental property of neural system. SOC provides a competitive model to describe the phy...
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This study was based on the contemporary proposal that distinct states of consciousness are quantifiable by neural complexity and critical dynamics. To test this hypothesis, it was aimed at comparing the electrophysiological correlates of three meditation conditions using nonlinear techniques from the complexity and criticality framework as well as...
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Background and Objectives: In recent years, singing bowl sound interventions have been progres-sively implemented in the fields of well-being, therapy and education; however, the effective-ness has only scarcely been investigated. Therefore, this study was aimed at determining neu-rophysiological effects of a singing bowl massage. Materials and Me...
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Background: Up to 80% of patients suffering from persistent symptoms more than six months after a COVID-19 infection complain about a variety of psychosomatic symptoms with no organ cause. Most patients suffer from chronic fatigue, pain, depression or difficulty concentrating. Experimental studies showed that these symptoms could be significantly i...
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Objective Bone infections represent a major complication in orthopedic and trauma surgery. Concomitant psychological disorders can significantly influence treatment outcomes. However, these are often overlooked. Therefore, we aimed to determine the nationwide epidemiology of fracture-related infection (FRI) and osteomyelitis in combination with psy...
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Zusammenfassung. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurden die faktorielle Struktur und die Messinvarianz der Kid-KINDL Selbst- und Fremdeinschätzung bei 8- bis 11-jährigen psychisch kranken Kindern untersucht (Kid-KINDL Selbst : N = 441, Mädchen: 52 %, Jungen: 48 %, Alter: M = 9.44, SD = 1.12; Kid-KINDL Fremd : N = 462, Mädchen: 55 %, Jungen: 45 %, Alter:...
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We have reported previously on positive effects found in the matrix experiment. This is a setup where a random event generator (REG) drives a display, which participants are instructed to “influence” at will, i.e., in a psychokinesis (PK) setup. The difference of this matrix experiment from standard micro-PK REG experiments was that the deviation f...
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Zusammenfassung. Lebenskompetenzen stellen Fähigkeiten dar, aus denen eine salutogene Lebensführung resultiert. Dadurch können sie sowohl als Basis als auch als wichtiger Indikator für den therapeutischen Prozess dienen. Hier wird ein Selbsteinschätzungsinstrument vorgestellt, welches an N = 2 054 Patientinnen und Patienten der stationären psychoso...
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Background For a better understanding of the factors underlying the Post-Acute COVID Syndrome, we studied the relationship between symptoms and functional alterations in COVID-19 patients 10 months after hospitalization. Methods One-hundred-one patients hospitalized between March 1st and June 30th 2020 participated in a follow-up visit for an asse...
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Aims We aimed to evaluate the long-term impact of fracture-related infection (FRI) on patients’ physical health and psychological wellbeing. For this purpose, quality of life after successful surgical treatment of FRIs of long bones was assessed. Methods A total of 37 patients treated between November 2009 and March 2019, with achieved eradication...
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Background Non-union after fracture depicts a devastating complication in trauma surgery and studies assessing patient-reported outcome measures after stable bone consolidation are rare. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the long-term impact of aseptic long bone non-union on the patients’ physical health state and psychological wellbeing. For this pu...
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Zusammenfassung Hintergrund Die periprothetische Gelenkinfektion (PJI) ist eine gefürchtete Komplikation in der Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie. Ein potenzieller Anstieg an PJI-Diagnosen, insbesondere in Verbindung mit psychologischen Komorbiditäten, kann zu einer besonderen Herausforderung für Akteure im Gesundheitswesen werden. Bisher ist die Prä...
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We aimed to evaluate the long-term impact of fracture-related infection (FRI) on patients' physical health and psychological wellbeing. For this purpose, quality of life after successful surgical treatment of FRIs of long bones was assessed. Methods A total of 37 patients treated between November 2009 and March 2019, with achieved eradication of in...
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Objectives: There is quite a debate about frequencies around 8 Hz playing a role in the human brain but also in micro-vibrations in muscles of the body. There are also claims about a positive bodily and mental influence of various kinds of vibrating whole-body stimulations. We have studied the effects of such a rhythmic whole-body stimulation on a...
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Background: Recent research shows that placebo mechanisms can be utilized in ethical and legal ways such as in open-label conditions, when patients know that they receive placebos, and through psychological interventions aiming to optimize patients’ expectations. Showing that placebo interventions are also cost-efficient could improve their accepta...
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Numerous methods for enhancing consciousness and well-being emphasize the role of breathing. We have for the first time investigated the link between body rhythms and slow cortical brain dynamics during paced breathing. Physiological data from 37 participants are presented, who conducted paced breathing sessions with respiration rates (RR) from 6 t...
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Hintergrund: Zur Erfassung einer erhöhten Verarbeitungssensibilität bei Patienten in der stationären psychosomatischen Behandlung wurde ein Fragebogen entwickelt, der anders als Fragebögen zur Messung von Hochsensibilität die Konstrukte der Wahrnehmungssensibilität und Verarbeitungsproblematik trennen soll. Methoden: Zunächst wurde eine 30 Items um...
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Neuronal interactions coupled by phase synchronization have been studied in a wide range of frequency bands, but fluctuations below the delta frequency have often been neglected. In the present study, phase synchrony in slow cortical potentials (SCPs, 0.01–0.1 Hz) was examined during two different mental states; a resting state and a breath-focused...
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Zusammenfassung: Die Frage nach der Entstehung des Lebens und seinen selbsterhaltenden Prozessen ist eine der großen Rätsel der Naturwissenschaften. Hierüber gibt es unterschiedliche Annahmen, die auch heute noch keine eindeutige Antwort zulassen, uns jedoch bereits tiefe Einblicke in das Wunder des Lebens ermöglichen. Historisch wurde eine Art Leb...
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Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary effort to understand the structures and functions of the brain and brain-mind relations. This effort results in an increasing amount of data, generated by sophisticated technologies. However, these data enhance our descriptive knowledge, rather than improve our understanding of brain functions. This is caused by...
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The Sensorium is a multimodal neurofeedback environment that reflects a person's physiological state by presenting physiological signals via orchestral sounds from a speaker and multi-coloured lights projected onto a white surface. The software manages acquisition, real-time processing, storage, and sonification of various physiological signals suc...
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The readiness potential is an ongoing negativity in the EEG preceding a self-initiated movement by approximately 1.5seconds. So far it has predominantly been interpreted as a preparatory signal with a causal link to the upcoming movement. Here a different hypothesis is suggested which we call the selective slow cortical potential sampling hypothesi...
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Background/objectives: ThetaHealing® (Vianna Stibal, Kalispell, MT) is a spiritual healing method in which the practitioner and client engage in joint meditations during several healing sessions. It is claimed that these meditation periods are characterized by a "theta state" in which the presence of theta-waves in the electroencephalograph (EEG)...
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Background: A pilot study of an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program on a sample of low back pain patients was conducted in order to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention as well as changes in an EEG pattern called thalamocortical dysrhythmia which is associated with chronic pain. Patients and methods:...
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The Boundary Protection Scale - 14 (BPS-14) represents a new instrument to capture the degree of protection of the mental self-boundary for use in mindfulness training, therapeutic work and scientific research. We assumed a relation between the ability to protect the self-boundary and mindfulness skills. For more efficient use the original version...
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An essential aspect of counsciousness is rooted in the subjectivity of the human experience. Such subjectivity implies that we are all individual beings, and each moment is unique. This uniqueness of each moment is a fundamental wisdom taught in many meditation schools. However, most research focusing on uncovering the psychophysiological correlate...
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A common view of consciousness is that our mind presents emotions, experiences, and images in an internal mental (re-)presentation space which in a state of wakefulness is triggered by the world outside. Consciousness can be defined as the observation of this inner mental space. We propose a new model, in which the state of the conscious observer i...
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When a voluntary action is causally linked with a sensory outcome, the action and its consequent effect are perceived as being closer together in time. This effect is called intentional binding. Although many experiments were conducted on this phenomenon, the underlying neural mechanisms are not well understood. While intentional binding is specifi...
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Background: The Interpersonal Attention Management Inventory (IAMI) represents a new instrument to capture self- and external perception skills. The underlying theoretical model assumes 3 mental locations of attention (the intrapersonal space, the extrapersonal space, and the external intrapersonal space) of the other. Methods: The IAMI was stud...
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When a voluntary action causes a sensory outcome, actions and their subsequent effects are perceived as being closer together in time, this effect being called intentional binding. Since studies on perceived time are highly dependent on subjective reports, an avenue to gain more reliable subjective reports regarding the precise moment of a temporal...
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Many neuroscientific theories explain consciousness with higher order information processing corresponding to an activation of specific brain areas and processes. In contrast, most forms of meditation ask for a down-regulation of certain mental processing activities while remaining fully conscious. To identify the physiological properties of consci...
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It has been repeatedly shown that specific brain activity related to planning movement develops before the conscious intention to act. This empirical finding strongly challenges the notion of free will. Here, we demonstrate that in the Libet experiment, spontaneous fluctuations of the slow electro-cortical potentials (SCPs) account for a significan...
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The increase of psychosomatic disorders due to cultural changes requires enhanced therapeutic models. This study investigated a salutogenetic treatment concept for inpatient psychosomatic treatment, based on data from more than 11000 patients of a psychosomatic clinic in Germany. The clinic aims at supporting patients' health improvement by fosteri...
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The increase of psychosomatic disorders due to cultural changes requires enhanced therapeutic models. This study investigated a salutogenetic treatment concept for inpatient psychosomatic treatment, based on data from more than 11000 patients of a psychosomatic clinic in Germany. The clinic aims at supporting patients' health improvement by fosteri...
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The term complementarity plays a central role in quantum physics, not least in various approaches to defining entanglement and the conditions for its occurrence. It has, however, been used in a variety of ways by different authors, denoting different concepts and relationships. Here we describe and clarify some of them and analyze the role they pla...
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Die Suche nach Korrelationen zwischen den Gehirnaktivitäten räumlich getrennter Teilnehmerpaare war in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder Gegenstand experimenteller parapsychologischer Forschung. Diese Methode kann als ein geeignetes Werkzeug betrachtet werden, um die Hypothese einer extrasensorischen oder telepathischen Verbindung von sich nahest...
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Several recent studies report the presence of a specific EEG pattern named Thalamocortical Dysrhythmia (TCD) in patients with severe chronic neurogenic pain. This is of major interest since so far no neuroscientific indicator of chronic pain could be identified. We investigated whether a TCD-like pattern could be found in patients with moderate chr...
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Although alternative methods have been proposed, mindfulness is predominantly measured by means of self-assessment instruments. Until now, several scales have been published and to some degree also psychometrically validated. The number of scales reflects the widespread research interest. While some authors have started to compare the underlying co...
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The study of meditation offers a perfect setting for the study of a large variety of states of consciousness. Here, we present a classification paradigm that can be used for staging of individual meditation sessions into a variety of predefined mental states. We have measured 64 channels of the electroencephalogram (EEG) plus peripheral physiologic...
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“Meditation” has frequently been used as an umbrella term for diverse consciousness practices. Although neuropsychological state and trait measures in persons experienced in meditation practice have been reported during the last years, there is no consensus about their phenomenological meaning and correlation with experiences. In this study we aime...
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The objective of this study was to examine whether the "step back and watch" attitude of mindfulness manifests in less emotional behavior. We hypothesized that the "acceptance" facet of mindfulness, but not the "presence" facet, is negatively associated with the magnitude of emotional behavior in four tests, i.e., (1) rating of words, (2) rating of...
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Hypnosis can be seen as a guided induction of various states of consciousness. This article details a time-series analysis that visualized the electrophysiological state changes during a session as a correlate to the instructions. Sixty-four channels of EEG and peripheral physiological measures were recorded in 1 highly susceptible subject. Signifi...
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The Sensorium is a neurofeedback environment that allows people to experience signals from their nonperceptible body processes visually and auditorily. Various (neuro-)physiological rhythms and frequencies are projected simultaneously as soundscapes and “lightscapes” into the environment. A wireless physiological amplifier device sends signals such...
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Neuroscientific evidence interprets both hypnotic trance induction and different meditation traditions as modified states of consciousness that emphasize attention, concentration and the letting go of thoughts, but they differ in terms of sensory input, processing, memory, and the sense of time. Furthermore, hypnosis is based on the suggestibility...
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Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) can be used for communication in writing without muscular activity or for learning to control seizures by voluntary regulation of brain signals such as the electroencephalogram (EEG). Three of five patients with epilepsy were able to spell their names with electrocorticogram (ECoG) signals derived from motor-related...
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Zusammenfassung - Die Erforschung einer außersinnlichen Verbindung zwischen Versuchspersonen, welche sich in der Korrelation ihrer Gehirnaktivitäten widerspie- geln könnten, hat inzwischen in Freiburg eine beachtliche Tradition. Im vorliegenden Beitrag werden die Methoden und Ergebnisse von drei EEG-Studien berichtet, die von Hinterberger et al. in...
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Brain–computer interfaces (BCIs) can be used for communication in writing without muscular activity or for learning to control seizures by voluntary regulation of brain signals such as the electroencephalogram (EEG). Three of five patients with epilepsy were able to spell their names with electrocorticogram (ECoG) signals derived from motor-related...
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The presentation of pictures evokes clearly detectable responses in the electroencephalogram (EEG). Here, the question is addressed whether people show an anomalous pre-stimulus response prior to a sudden appearance of pictures. Therefore, twenty participants were exposed at randomised times to affective and non-affective pictures, and to checkerbo...
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Behavioral and cognitive improvements in children with ADHD have been consistently reported after neurofeedback-treatment. However, neurofeedback has not been commonly accepted as a treatment for ADHD. This study addresses previous methodological shortcomings while comparing a neurofeedback-training of Theta-Beta frequencies and training of slow co...
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Electrical brain signals (Electroencephalogram, EEG) as well as other physiological measures can be sonified with a device called POSER, a module of the brain-computer interface 'Thought Translation Device' (TTD). Orchestral sonification allows for presentation of several EEG components simultaneously in real-time, referred to as 'brainmusic'. Here...
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We have previously demonstrated that an EEG-controlled web browser based on self-regulation of slow cortical potentials (SCPs) enables severely paralyzed patients to browse the internet independently of any voluntary muscle control. However, this system had several shortcomings, among them that patients could only browse within a limited number of...
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An overview of different approaches to brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) developed in our laboratory is given. An important clinical application of BCIs is to enable communication or environmental control in severely paralyzed patients. The BCI ´Thought-Translation Device (TTD)´ allows verbal communication through the voluntary self-regulation of br...