Smart app helps control blood flow into prefrontal cortex
Using a brain-computer interface, neurofeedback provides real time displays of an individual’s brain activity. To improve brain function, neurofeedback methods use brain training techniques together with imaging of neural activity. Up to now, this has usually taken place in clinics and can be expensive. The EU-funded Mendi Neurofeedback project is developing a new technology that will bring the most advanced neurofeedback imaging techniques and training methods — those used in leading clinics around the world — into the consumer market. This new technology consists of a headband with advanced sensors that measures brain activity in the prefrontal cortex. It also includes a mobile app that translates the brain activity into a score. Users can play a game on their mobile device to consciously control the score and ultimately control the activity in the prefrontal cortex, to strengthen this region.
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