Category: Blog

6 Tips to Improve Sleep and Manage Anxiety

Originally found on https://www.psycom.net/anxiety-and-sleep/ If you’re experiencing stress in your life, chances are that you might be struggling to fall or stay asleep at night. Your anxious worry about life and its problems may keep your brain from settling down, and the disruption of sleep is likely to keep you feeling more on edge the next…

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Brain-imaging technique helps people control emotions using amygdala feedback

Originally found on http://newatlas.com/brain-imaging-amygdala-neurofeedback/45373/ Although stress-related disorders can be treated with medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines, unwanted side effects and the risk of dependency make them more ideal for patients that don’t respond to other available treatments. One such treatment is neurofeedback, a process that uses an auditory or visual…

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Neurofeedback Increases Affection, Build Empathy

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/neurofeedback-increases-affection-builds-empathy/ Could neurofeedback improve “tenderness” or empathy? Researchers from the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro investigated the impact of fMRI neurofeedback on affiliative emotion. They found that, compared to a control group, participants who underwent fMRI neurofeedback showed significantly greater brain activity related…

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Promising anxiety treatment awaiting acceptance

Originally found on http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/Promising-anxiety-treatment-awaiting-acceptance-8325136.php At his private clinic near Greenway Plaza, Steve Cochran practices one of the most promising therapies you’ve likely never heard of. He specializes in neurofeedback, a technique designed to make a person calmer and more focused. Clients, who fly in from as far as California, come to the Neurotherapy Center of…

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5 Ways to Beat Social Anxiety

Originally found on https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/5-ways-to-beat-social-anxiety.html Does being around large groups of people make you want to curl up and die? Is your go-to move at parties hiding in the bathroom? Do you worry people think you’re standoffish when the truth is you’re just too nervous to talk to them? If so, and if this is a reoccurring…

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Researchers Enhance Human Memory with Electrical Stimulation

Originally found on http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/researchers-enhance-human-memory-with-electrical-stimulation How good is your memory? It usually varies from person to person. This much is easily recognizable. But did you know that the sharpness of your memory can vary from one day to the next? Those who have had a stroke or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), often face memory impairment. They…

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Neurofeedback Using fMRI Found to Decrease MDD Symptoms, Study Shows

Originally found on http://alert.psychnews.org/2017/04/neurofeedback-using-fmri-found-to.html Functional magnetic resonance imaging (rtfMRI) providing imaging feedback in real time to patients with major depressive disorder helped them retrieve positive autobiographical memories, increased hemodynamic activity in the amygdala, and decreased depressive symptoms one week after the intervention. In a report appearing today in AJP in Advance, Kymberly Young, Ph.D., of the…

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Electrical brain stimulation found to improve working memory

Originally found on http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316370.php Our brains are complex machines capable of processing an impressive amount of information. For the brain to work properly, however, it must connect all of its many components into one coordinated effort. Scientifically, the brain has been divided into four main regions, each with its own subsections and specialized functions. Some of…

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Can Electric Brain Stimulation Boost Your Endurance?

Originally found on http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/can-electric-brain-stimulation-boost-your-endurance One of the oddest topics I’ve covered over the past few years is the use of electric brain stimulation to enhance endurance. Back in 2013, I wrote about a Brazilian study that used a technique called transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, to reduce the perceived effort and boost peak power output in a…

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Navy Seals Elite Units Pursue Brain-Stimulating Technologies

During a conference near Washington D.C., in February, Seal units showed their interest in finding a technology that would increase cognitive abilities to enhance the elite forces’ physical and mental performance. While interviewing Tim Szymanski, he noted that they were open to a variety of technologies, but not limited to pharmaceutical aids . Szymanski then broadened…

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