Talk:Functional neurology

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Holy quackery, Batman! Can't believe I've never heard of this before. It's like reflexology of the brain. You can't even really debunk most of it, it's just not even wrong from top to bottom. I wouldn't be surprised if whoever made this up just wrote down a bunch of neurology terms on paper and pulled them out of a hat at random. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 04:32, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

I stopped after "diet, massage, adn brain training". i was giggling to hard to finish reading. Pink mowse.pngGodotGrow a vagina 04:51, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
Yes, Neuroplasticity is fast become the new "Quantum Mechanics". Tielec01 (talk) 04:53, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
More along the lines of moral panic a la "Facebook is melting our kids' brains!!11!!" Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 05:12, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

Disgusting description, childlike research[edit]

Incredible work of extremely bad research by an individual with NO practical experience of Functional Neurology. A joke from the very beginning where the author claims the Functional Neurologist uses EEG to begin a diagnostic approach. That isn't even ina the diplomate curriculum. If this individual actually went to a doctor who utilized EEG as a primary diagnostic tool then he/she was not in the company of a competent practitioner. EEG is a diffuse diagnostic tool and certainly not even in the primary examination of a traditional neurologist. From this ignoble beginning, premise being 100% inaccurate, the piece is simply a hack job performed by an individual with an ulterior motive. Surprise, surprise! Functional Neurology is a model derived from the neuroscience research that has its origins and continuation within the advent of the fMRI. It is an incredible emerging diagnostic and therapeutic method that is the future for addressing the human and enhancing humanism. It is evolving and not without it limitations and dead ends but only as neuroscience itself continues to open the doors to the unknown. Pseudo-science? Believe what you will and place your health and future in the hands of traditional neurology and medicine...good luck.Dr Don (talk) 16:24, 1 January 2013 (UTC)Dr Don

Well, if you can write the article as well as you can bitch about it then overall we'll be in good shape, no? C®ackeЯ
Dispense with the qualifiers Dr Don and you are exactly right; observe: Anyone who goes to a functional neurologist is not in the company of a competent practitioner. Tielec01 (talk) 08:56, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Moar sources[edit]

Mostly from a hockey player getting treated by it for a spinal injury:


The Wikipedia article chiropractic neurologyWikipedia is a shill piece - David Gerard (talk) 12:25, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the links there David. I have looked at the WP article, but I have limited experience over there and I'm not really ready to invest the amount of time it would take to beat the article into shape. This is especially so because Chiropractic Neurology is a fringe topic and there really isn't much legitimate research out there testing its claims. The fact that it is 'not even wrong' exacerbates this problem.Tielec01 (talk) 00:01, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Here are some papers for some of you that actually know how to read:

• Leisman, G. and Koch, P. Visualization in The Neurosciences Seeing Abstractions in Real Time. International Journal of Neuroscience. 2006, 116(4), 373-380. (,1,7;journal,1,52;linkingpublicationresults,1:103688,1) (,P):
• Koch, P. and Leisman, G. Typology of Nonlinear Activity Waves in a Layered Neural Continuum. International Journal of Neuroscience 2006, 116(4), 381-405. (,P) (,2,7;journal,1,52;linkingpublicationresults,1:103688,1) ( (,2,7;journal,2,53;linkingpublicationresults,1:103688,1):
• Malkowicz, D. Myers, G. and Leisman, G. Rehabilitation of Cortical Visual Impairment in Children. International Journal of Neuroscience, 2006 16(9): 1015-1033.(,1,8;journal,1,57;linkingpublicationresults,1:103688,1)( (
• Myers, T. E., Shaya, N. Shternberg, T., Leisman, G. and Kollins, S. H. Effects of rhythmic biofeedback training on performance of male ADHD children aged 6-13. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2006 21 (6): 567-568. (
• Shah, S, Holmes, M. and Leisman, G. Performance on Figure Ground Perception Following Stroke Induced Hemiplegia: A Comparison of Pre- and Post-Rehabilitation with the Neurologically Unimpaired. International Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 17:5, 711-731. ( ( :
• Leisman, G., Kaspi, M., and Koch, P. Computational and Non-Computational Systems in Brain and Cognition: Can One Mask The Other? International Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 17:5,681-710. ( ( :
• Leisman, G. and Melillo, R. A Call to Arms: Somatosensory Perception, and Action. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2007, 30:2, 215-215. ( (
• Melillo, R.M. and Leisman, G. Autism Spectrum Disorder as Functional Disconnection Syndrome. Reviews in the Neurosciences 2009, 20:2, 111-132.( (
• Leisman, G. and Melillo, R. EEG Coherence Measures Functional Disconnectivities in Autism. Acta Paediatrica, 2009, 98:460 , 1 – 292. (
• Machado, C and Leisman, G. Towards an Effective Definition of Death and Disorders of Consciousness. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 2009, 20:3, 147-150. ( (
• Leisman, G. and Koch, P. Networks of Conscious Experience: Computational Neuroscience in an Understanding of Life, Death, and Consciousness. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 2009, 20:3, 151-176.( (
• Machado, C. Rodríguez, R. Carballo, M. Korein, J., Sanchez-Catasus, C. Pérez, J., Leisman, G. Brain Anatomy, Cerebral Blood Flow, and Connectivity in the Transition From PVS to MCS.Reviews in the Neurosciences, 2009, 20:3, 177-180.( (
• Carrick, F. R., Leisman G. and Melillo, R. A relationship between postural and cognitive abilities in ADHD. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2010, 16(suppl.1), S20.(
• Carrick, F. R., Leisman G. and Melillo, R. Cognitive changes in ADHD children after a 12 week postural rehabilitation program Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2010, 16(suppl.1), S80.(
• Carrick, F. R., Leisman G. Melillo, R, Machado, C. Disorders of movement and motor function do not affect consciousness but facilitate cognitive and motor plasticity. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2010, 16(suppl.1), S37. (
• Leisman, G., Melillo, R., Thum, S., Ransom, M.A., Orlando, M., Tice, C., and Carrick, F. R. The Effect of Hemisphere Specific Remediation Strategies on the Academic Performance Outcome of Children with ADD/ADHD. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 2010, 22:10, 275-283. ( (
• Daubeny, N., Carrick, F. R. Melillo, R. Leisman, G. Effects of Contralateral Extremity Manipulation on Brain Function. International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 2010, 9(4), 269-273. (
• Leisman, G., Ezra, A., Jacknow, L. Pobre, T., Shah, M. Weiss, L. Ergonomic Alternating Pressure Relief Seating System for the Rehabilitation of Patients with Decubitus Ulcers. International Journal on Disability and Human Development. 2010, 9(4), 349-356. (
• Gutiérrez, J. Machado, C., Olivares, A.., Hernández, H., Perez, J., Beltrán, C. Leisman, G. Heart Rate Variability Changes Induced by Auditory Stimulation in Persistent Vegetative State.International Journal on Disability and Human Development. 2010; 9(4), 357-362. ( (
• Leisman, G. and Melillo, R. Effects of Motor Sequence Training on Attentional Performance in ADHD Children. International Journal on Disability and Human Development. 2010, 9(4), 275-282. (
• Leisman, G., and Melillo, R. Functional Disconnectivities in Autistic Spectrum Disorder as a Potent Model for Explaining Disorders of Consciousness and Cognition in the Brain and Nervous System. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics, 2011, 1(1), 101-145.(
• Leisman, G. and Machado, C. Considering Consciousness Clinically. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics, 2011, 1(1), 17-23. ( • Carrick, F.R, Pagnacco, G,, Oggero, E., Sullivan, S., Barton, D., Esposito, S., Leisman, G. and Melillo, R. The Effects of Whole Body Rotations in the Pitch and Yaw Planes on Postural Stability. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics. 2011, 1(2), 167-179. (
• Leisman, G. Brain Networks, Plasticity, and Functional Connectivities Inform Current Directions in Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics. 2011, 1(2), 315-356. (
• Machado, C. Estévez, M. Rodríguez, R. Carballo, M. Pérez-Nellar, J. Gutiérrez, J. Fleitas, M. Leisman, G. Are Persistent Vegetative State Patients Isolated from the Outside World? Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics, 2011, 1(2), 357-377. (
• Machado C, Estévez M, Carrick F, Melillo R, Leisman G. qEEG may increase the reliability of diagnostic and prognostic procedures in cerebral arterial gas embolism. Clinical Neurophysiology2012;123(2):225-226 (
• Machado, C. , Estevez, M., Rodriguez, R. Carrick, FR, Melillo, R., and Leisman, G. Bilateral N20 Absence in Post-Anoxic Coma: Do You Pay Attention? Clinical Neurophysiology. 2012, 123(1), 1264-1266(
• Leisman, G., Machado, C., Melillo, R. Mualem, R. Intentionality and “Free-Will” From a Neurodevelopmental Perspective. Frontiers of Integrative Neuroscience 2012, 6:36. doi: 10.3389/ fnint.2012.00036 (
• Leisman, G Children’s Language Production: How Cognitive Neuroscience & Industrial Engineering Can Inform Public Education Policy and Practice Forum on Public Policy; A Journal of the Oxford Roundtable. 2012, 2012(1), 1-14. (
• Pérez-Nellar, J., Machado, C, Rodriguez-Rojas, R. Estévez, M. Leisman, G., Melillo, R. Carrick F.R. Neuroimaging Findings in Non-Fatal Central Transtentorial Herniation. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics, 2012, 2(2), 251-266. (
• Leisman, G. Auditory, Visual and Spatial Aesthetic and Artistic Training Facilitates Brain Plasticity: The Arts as a Vehicle for Rehabilitation. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics, 2012, 2(3), 251-266.[]:
• Jubran, F. and Leisman, G. Intersensory Integration in Functional Neurology: An Engineer's Perspective of Music as an Interventionary Medium Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics, 2012, 2(3), 215-222. (]):
• Machado-Ferrer, Y, Estevez, M., Machado, C. Hernández-Cruz, Leisman, G., Carrick, F. R., Melillo, R., and Beltrán, C. Heart Rate Variability for Assessing Comatose Patients with Different Glasgow Coma Scale Scores. Clinical Neurophysiology 2012, 123(3), S1388-2457(12)00630-X. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2012.09.008. (
• Leisman, G. and Melillo, R. The Basal Ganglia: Motor and Cognitive Relationships in a Clinical Neurobehavioral Context Reviews in the Neurosciences. 2013;24(1):9-25. doi: 10.1515/revneuro-2012-0067. (
• Koch, P. and Leisman G. Computational Model of Attention Brain Function Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics. 2012;2(4):353-363. (
• Leisman, G., Machado, C., Mualem, R. The merging of neuroscience principles with educational practice in the treatment of ADHD: Function specific treatment for rehabilitation. Frontiers of Public Health: Frontiers of Child Health and Human Development. 2013, [In Press] (
• Leisman, G. Cognitive Science Applied to Medical Expertise. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 2013 (in Press).:
• Leisman, G. and Melillo, R. Functional Disconnectivities in Autism. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 2013 [in Press]:
• Howard N. and Leisman G. DIME (Diplomatic, information, military and economic power) effects modeling system: Dual use in brain small-world connectography and rehabilitation.Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics, 2013; 3(2-3): [In Press]:
• Machado, C., Estevez, M., Rodriguez, R., Perez-Nellar, J.. Chinchilla, M., Carrick, F.R., Leisman, G., Melillo, R., Gutierrez, J.,Carballo, M., Machado, A., Olivares, A., Perez-Cruz, N., and Belttran, C., Zolpidem Arousing Effect in Persistent Vegetative State Patients: Autonomic, EEG and Behavioral Assessment. Clinical Neurophysiology, 2013. [InPress].:
• Machado, C., Pérez-Nellar, J., Rodríguez, R., Estévez, M., Leisman, G., Carrick, F. R., Melillo, R., and Chinchilla, M. Neuroimaging Study of a Patient Who Survived a Traumatic Atlanto-Occipital Dislocation. Neurology 2013 [In Press]. • Machado, C., Estevez, M., Leisman, G., Melillo, R., Rodriguez, R., Hermandez, A. Perez-Nellar, J., Naranjo, R., and Chinchilla, M. EEG Coherence Assessment of Autistic Children in Three Different Experimental Conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 2013 [In Press].:
• Rodriguez-Rojas, R., Batista K., Iturria, Y. Machado, C. Chinchilla, M. Carballo, M. Morales JM., De Fina P., and Leisman G. Disrupted axonal fiber connectivity as a marker of impaired consciousness states. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics, 2013; 3(2-3): [In Press]:
• Leisman, G. If It Is Localization Then There is No Development, Education, and Rehabilitation: Neuroeducation Needs to be about Building Networks. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics. 2013:3(2-3): [In Press].:
• Machado, C., Pérez-Nellar, J., Rodríguez_Rojas, R., Estévez, M., DeFina, P.A., Schiavi, A., Leisman, G. Carrick, F.R., Melillo, R., and Chinchilla, M., Unusual brainstem twisting revealed by MRI tractography in a patient who survived a severe traumatic upper spinal dislocation. Clinical Neurophysiology, 2013 [InPress].:
• Leisman, G., Melillo, R. Hirsh, O., Mualem, R.. (Autistic Spectrum Disorder as a Functional Disconnection Syndrome) Harefuah, (Hebrew) [submitted]:
• Jammalieh, J. Mualem, R, Leisman, G . Clinical Effects of the Development of Physiological Rhythms in Premature Infants. Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatology, 2013 [submitted]:
• Leisman, G. Melillo, R., and Mualem, R. Neuroeducation as Alternative Medicine: Optimization and Efficiencies rather than Diagnose and Treat. OA Alternative Medicine. [Submitted by Invitation, 2013]:


Perspective. New York, NY Springer Science. 2009 [paperback] [ISBN 978-1-4419-1232-9] ( )

  • Melillo, R. M. and Leisman, G. Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood Beijing, China: People's Medical Publishing House (PMPH) 2012 [China Translation].
  • Leisman, G and Melillo, R. The Development of the Frontal Lobes in Infancy and Childhood: Asymmetry and the Nature of Temperament and Adjustment. In: Cavanna, A.E. (Ed.) FrontalLobe: Anatomy, Functions and Injuries. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Scientific Publishers, 2012.

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  • Leisman,. G. Melillo, R. The Basal Ganglia: Motor and Cognitive Relationships in a Clinical Neurobehavioral Context In: E. Franz (Ed) Basal Ganglia, Rijeka, Croatia: InTech, 2012. [ISBN 980-953-307-193-5] ( )
  • Leisman, G., Melillo, R., Mualem, R., Machado, C. The effect of music training and production on functional brain organization and cerebral asymmetry. In:Art, Science and Technology. Tatyana Kravchuk, Alec Groysman, Celestino Soddu, Enrica Colabella, Gerry Leisman (Eds).] Milano, Italy; Domus Argenia Publisher, 2012, pp. 133-139. [ISBN: 978-88-96610-24-4](
  • Leisman, G. Optimization Methodology and Functional Connectivities Inform the Cognitive Modifiability in the Rehabilitation of Developmental Language Difficulties. Bologna, Italia: Medimond s.r.l. 2013[submitted]— Unsigned, by: GOTNUCCI / talk / contribs

Whoa nelly, quack true believer ahoy[edit]

First of all, let me sincerely thank you for this huge list of references without discussion to their meaning, and particularly let me thank you for the extraordinary amount of them that do not even load. I'm glad you found that academic journals let you check items off on a list to build an automatic list of APA/MLA citations, but... if you have a complaint, you need to be more explicit about the nature of your concerns. Especially if you're going against mission to defend pseudo-scientific quackery. Please state a primary thesis, and use your references as supporting points, instead of just dumping them like a steaming, smelly pile. Ikanreed (talk) 20:31, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

For anyone that's interested most of the articles above are inaccessible, presumably because the poster just copy and pasted search-queries. For the ones that are accessible, there is no coherent explanation of why they are posted and most are low-quality articles that may have garnered a few citations over many years. Not sure what the poster hoped to accomplish with this, except perhaps to try and intimidate with a whole bunch of peer reviewed articles that have no relevance to Functional Neurology. Tielec01 (talk) 03:48, 4 September 2014 (UTC)


To whom it may concern, Functional Neurology is at least as well known as Chiropractic Neurology. Can someone with solid wiki-fu set up a redirect to this article when someone searches for chiropractic neurology? If someone does it I promise to learn how and never ask again. Cheers. Tielec01 (talk) 00:34, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

If someone does this then I will forgive them for one of their future transgressions and not even tease them about it. Anyone? Tielec01 (talk) 04:24, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
Everyone knows this as Chiropractic Neurology, it speaks so much about this site that this article is still under such an obscure name. God forbid you would write about pseudoscience when there are hamfisted articles to be written about Israel - Palestine. (talk) 06:09, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

May be no longer correct[edit]

While it may historically trace back the quackery that is chiropractic some groups appear to be trying to go legitimate and do only things supported by science and data. This article also reads as particularly poorly researched and one sided for RationalWiki which generally is a good resource for knowing about quackery. 2001:4898:80E8:B:B404:286F:723D:47CF (talk) 21:43, 8 October 2019 (UTC)