The goal of neonatal seizure detection is the development of a patient independent system to alert staff in the neonatal intensive care unit of ongoing seizures. This study demonstrates the potential in adapting a patient independent classifier using patient specific data. Supervised adaptation is investigated using the basic gradient descent algorithm and least mean squares procedures. An increase in mean ROC area of 3% is obtained for the best performing learning algorithm, yielding an increase in mean accuracy of 7.7% compared to the patient independent algorithm. © 2008 IEEE.