Biofeedback May Help Your Conscious Manage Your Mood

Modern medicine uses biofeedback in order to help sick people.  Biofeedback is defined as the process of gaining greater awareness of many  physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will.

morosely Neuroscientists carried out experiments based on the principle of biofeedback.  They try to regulate mood and to reduce pain by using this method. More than forty years ago Hans Berger, a German psychiatrist, put thin metal plates on a human head, connected them with a sensitive galvanometer and detected negligible electric waves. Thus, he proved that neurons are, in fact, tiny electric generators.

Nowadays, scientists study the brain by using Electroencephalogram (EEG) and Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI).  EEG is a graphic representation of complex oscillatory electrical processes occurring in the brain.  MRI provides images of human organs and tissues, including the human brain, by using the electromagnetic field.

Studies have shown that people can affect the brain by watching their EEG or MRI.  For example, in one experiment, working with the EEG signal, Kamiya J. provided the subject visual feedback of the alpha rhythm that is responsible for the unconscious perception of the world.  The subjects demonstrated response with the reaction of their brain to this external event and could correct their attitude to the event and observe changes occurring in the brain.  The experiments showed that after training, the subject  was able to manage consciously the frequency of alpha waves and change them to a specific desired level, for example, to a state of serenity, contemplation and even  happiness.

Some further studies conducted with people who had mastered techniques of oriental contemplation and meditation have shown that such people spontaneously generate electroencephalogram similar to a “serene”  EEG that Kamiya had previously taught to his subjects.  In other words, it is possible to train people to feel happiness and serenity.

Not so long ago, scientists carried out experiments based on the principle of neurofeedback to decrease pain.  Patients suffering from chronic pain observed the image of their brains, obtained by MRI.  The researchers taught subjects to understand   brain signals.  After three 13-minute sessions, one-third of the patients learned how to reduce the intensity of  their pain.  Hence, pain can be softened without medication.

Thus, there are methods of so-called biofeedback (neurofeedback) that allow people to manage brain rhythms.  Therefore, by acquiring the skills of observing and correcting the state of your brain, you can ultimately improve the mood and state of your mind.

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Kamiya J. Conscious control of brain waves.

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