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Building mental muscle

Neurofeedback can help patients learn how to regulate their own brain activity. Wide-ranging applications include all areas linking brain activation to mental functions such as memory, perception, and emotions.
Building mental muscle
Real-time brain imaging allows patients to see their own brain activity in action. Through neurofeedback training, patients can learn to regulate their brain activity. This can be used to correct abnormal patterns of brain activity in neuropsychological conditions such as depression.

The EU-funded NEUROFEEDBACK (Modulating human brain function and dysfunction with neurofeedback) project implemented real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging setups at the Brain & Behavior Laboratory at the University of Geneva, and at the Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). The systems have been used to develop and apply neurofeedback based on connectivity between brain areas.

This new connectivity-based neurofeedback approach enabled the researchers to target conditions that are associated with abnormal patterns of functional brain networks. Both healthy participants and patients were able to exercise control over their visual brain networks as well as their emotional networks.

NEUROFEEDBACK research results were highly promising and the training effects lasted for up to 12 months. Furthermore, mental strategy guidelines facilitated neurofeedback learning. As such, the new protocols are a promising method to investigate human brain function and could lay the foundation for clinical applications.

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Magnetic resonance imaging, mental activation, mental function, neurofeedback
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