Neurofeedback tunes key brain networks in PTSD patients

A brain training technique called neurofeedback has been found to increase the well-being of PTSD patients.

Neurofeedback is training that helps patients control their own brain activity by allowing them to observe brainwaves on computers, which are recorded by the surface sensors on their scalp or through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Researchers found that neurofeedback was able to positively influence the activity of brain networks involved in processing emotions by PTSD patients. This was reflected by correlations in the use of fMRI and surface sensors and changes in self-reported calmness.

The finding will help researchers understand the neural mechanisms underlying PTSD that could lead to improved treatment.

Read more at University of Western Ontario