Here’s how you can plant feelings in people’s heads, Neuroscientists show

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“Planting new emotions in unwitting people’s minds is probably nothing short of a superpower. And scientists have done just that.

Using a relatively new brain-training technique known as neurofeedback, scientists at Brown University were able to make people develop positive or negative feelings about photographs toward which they’d previously felt no strong emotions.

In other words, they induced feelings where there were none ― and without the study participants even becoming aware of it.”

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EEG Neurofeedback: Application in ADHD and Epilepsy

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The use of electroencephalogram neurofeedback has been studied in a number of psychiatric disorders, especially for the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, many clinicians are not aware of this treatment and the level of evidence supporting its use. In this article, we review the evidence for the efficacy of neurofeedback in several psychiatric disorders and also discuss the specific neurofeedback protocols that have been found effective in the treatment of ADHD, such as slow cortical potential, theta/beta ratio, and sensorimotor rhythm neurofeedback.

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People can consciously control mental activity using brain scans

An example of brain activation from the Neurovault database. Red areas are activated by a particular task, blue areas are deactivated.
An example of brain activation from the Neurovault database. Red areas are activated by a particular task, blue areas are deactivated.
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People who can “see” their brain activity can change it, after just one or two neurofeedback sessions, new research shows.

People in the study were able to quiet activity in the amygdala — an almond-shaped brain region that processes emotions such as fear — after seeing simple visual or auditory cues that corresponded to the activity level there, according to a new study published in the Sept. 15 issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings reveal the incredible plasticity of the brain, the researchers said.

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Livestream of brain could help smokers quit

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“Real-time data from smokers’ brains could help them re-programme their minds and stub out cigarettes for good.

It’s one of the options being explored by researchers who are looking into the most successful ways to quit.

Neurofeedback is a brain-training technique that uses electrodes placed on a person’s head to create a live feed of their brainwaves. This information is displayed in front of the person who can then visibly reshape their thoughts.

‘It allows them to control what they see,’ said Professor Panagiotis D. Bamidis from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, who is testing the effectiveness of the technique to help smokers give up.”

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A Brain Changer for ADHDers? Neurofeedback’s Effect on Brain Waves

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“Neurofeedback has long been touted as a non-medical, non-invasive treatment for ADHD, but many experts remain skeptical. Unlike medication, neurofeedback hasn’t been tested in many well-designed, double-blind studies, which makes it hard to tell if positive results are based on the treatment itself or on other confounding factors like the placebo effect.

Now, however, a new study with a randomized, placebo-controlled design showed that neurofeedback may change brain activity in healthy adults, strengthening its case as an alternative treatment for ADHD, anxiety, and related disorders.”

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Top 5 ways biofeedback can change your life

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Dr. Adi Jaffe, PhD

“For over 40 years technology has allowed practitioners of these techniques to help individuals who are struggling with attention, anxiety, sleep, focus, obsessive thoughts, seizures, irritable bowel syndrome, ADHD, autism, brain injury and more. And these therapies are targeted, hitting the specific problem areas while minimizing collateral impact and side effects. It’s like the best kept secret that doesn’t need to be a secret at all.”

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You may be able to train your brain to be fearless

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All your fears, stresses and anxieties have one thing in common. They are sensed by a pair of pea-sized patches of neurons, called the amygdala, sitting deep inside your brain. So what if you could control your amygdala? What if you could change your brain and become calmer and braver?

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Neurofeedback Side Effects, Adverse Reactions, & Dangers

“While neurofeedback is generally recognized as a safe intervention for improving electroneurological flexibility, some people report side effects.  A majority of reported side effects aren’t considered dangerous and usually transitory in that they’ll eventually subside.  That said, if you aren’t working with a skilled professional, haven’t gotten a QEEG assessment, and/or are conducting neurofeedback on your own – you may increase the risk of experiencing side effects.”

Read the full blog post at Mental Health Daily

“Positive feedback” article on APA.ORG

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In 2016, we have watches that count each step we take, phone applications that tally each calorie swallowed and burned, “smartshirts” that measure our heart rate and respiration. We are living in an era of personal data tracking — yet many experts say we’re missing a huge opportunity to use our body’s data to change our physiological activity for the better.

Biofeedback is hardly new; its therapeutic use dates back nearly 50 years. Yet the technique is easier than ever, says Paul Lehrer, PhD, a psychologist at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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