Category: Memory

Neurotransmitters May Affect Your Mood

Originally found on https://www.brainmdhealth.com/blog/brain-neurotransmitters-affect-mood/ Neurotransmitters are complex chemical messengers that coordinate clear communications between neurons in your brain cells and the rest of your body. These back-and-forth transmissions can influence nearly every cell, tissue, and biological decision in your body – and your life. Brain neurotransmitters are a really big deal. Do you know if yours…

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Insomnia and Sleep Apnea Linked To Stroke Risk, Longer Recovery

Originally found on http://www.medicaldaily.com/poor-sleep-and-apnea-linked-stroke-risk-longer-recovery-393752 A good night’s sleep may help keep stroke away, suggests recent research published in the journal Neurology. German researchers reviewed dozens of earlier studies that examined the connection between stroke risk and recovery and various types of sleep disorders, from insomnia to obstructive sleep apnea. They found that two-thirds of stroke patients reported problems with…

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Review provides insights into principles of Neurofeedback technique

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/news/20160920/Review-provides-insights-into-principles-of-neurofeedback-technique.aspx Neurofeedback is a technique used for the treatment of clinical disorders (like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, ADHD, and schizophrenia etc.) and enhancement of brain performance.  It is based on the “self-regulation” of brain activations underpinned by the principles of feedback control systems. Feedback systems can be found in areas such as cybernetics,…

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Mental Health in Older Adults

Originally found on https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/older-adults-and-mental-health/index.shtml It’s just as important for an older person with symptoms of depression to seek treatment as it is for someone younger. The impact of depression on health in older adults can be severe: much research has reported that depression is associated with worse health in people with conditions like heart disease,…

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3 Mindfulness Tips to Reduce Anxiety

Originally found on https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2016/11/25/3-mindfulness-tips-to-reduce-anxiety/ Have you ever had your heart race, palms become sweaty, or have difficulty focusing because you’re so nervous? These are some of the signs of anxiety. Anxiety can be debilitating for some people, and for others it might just amount to a few minutes of feeling nervous. Unfortunately, for some people when anxiety does hit,…

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Scientists discover ways to increase efficiency in neurofeedback

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170729/Scientists-discover-ways-to-increase-efficiency-in-neurofeedback-training-paradigm.aspx Researchers from the HSE Centre for Cognition & Decision Making and the Control of Complex Systems Laboratory (Institute of Problems of Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences) have conducted a series of experiments to uncover what a person actually controls when they are tasked with independently affecting the activity of their own…

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More Evidence Aerobic Exercise Improves Brain Functioning

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/more-evidence-aerobic-exercise-improves-brain-functioning/ Research suggesting that aerobic exercise improves mood and brain functioning continues to mount. One recent study found that 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill for 10 consecutive days could lead to a clinically significant improvement in mood. This study was among many that were reviewed in a recent article in Science…

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Analyzing brain patterns may help scientists increase people’s confidence, reduce fear

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/fmri-neurofeedback-used-to-increase-confidence-and-decrease-fear/ What does confidence look like in the brain? Is it possible to directly train confidence? Researchers at UCLA investigated the use of fMRI neurofeedback to increase confidence and decrease fear. Researchers decoded intricate patterns of brain activity associated with confidence and fear. Neurofeedback was then used to reward the brain activity patterns,…

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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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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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