Training your brain by watching it in action

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
MEG - participant

Study participant learns to control an area of his brain by “watching” its activity on a screen.

Using a revolutionary new technique, researchers at The Neuro have trained people to control their own brain functions simply by thinking.  The technique is based on magnetoencephalography (MEG), a non-invasive imaging technology that measures magnetic fields generated by nerve cell circuits in the brain and displays that activity on a screen. By observing the display and trying different tactics to manipulate it, users can actually train themselves to modify the processes inside their brains by thought alone.

The technique is a form of biofeedback – a set of techniques that can help people consciously control bodily processes that are normally involuntary. Using biofeedback, subjects have learned to regulate their blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension. Now, it appears they can also regulate activity in certain areas of the brain. This has significant implications for the treatment of numerous neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions….Read more

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