Authors: Roger Gurr
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Technological and community interventions, clinical issues, innovation, quality, research & evaluation informing practice
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Technological progress is enabling better understanding of brain functioning and plasticity. Quantitative Electro-Encephalography, which enables observation of brain functioning, is revealing bio-markers for various mental health conditions, through comparisons with healthy control group QEEG databases. Neurofeedback is enabling people to train their brains to better regulate activity and there is evidence of brain function returning to normal. This is more targeted, compared to techniques like mindfulness. Like learning to ride a push bike, the brain finds its own solution through positive feedback as the target level of activity is achieved, and once learned, it is not forgotten.
Current knowledge will be briefly reviewed, practical implications described and opportunities for new therapies and research explored.