A new method for analyzing data in the brain has been developed by Prof. Dr. Ilka Diester of the University of Freiburg and colleagues. The method detects short beta wave bursts in real time within neural frequency bands of around 20 Hertz; the researchers have shown how rats can increase the occurrence of these bursts… Read more

Having trouble paying attention? MIT neuroscientists may have a solution for you: Turn down your alpha brain waves. In a new study, the researchers found that people can enhance their attention by controlling their own alpha brain waves based on neurofeedback they receive as they perform a particular task. The study[1] found that when subjects… Read more

Brain technologies are all the rage these days. Entrepreneurs are selling wearable devices in the open marketplace with claims of benefits to memory, attention and concentration. Neurosurgeons and psychiatrists are exploring new ways and further developing old invasive ones to intervene in the brains of people with major mental illnesses whose conditions are resistant to… Read more

Experiments to find out what a person actually controls when tasked with independently affecting the activity of their own brain have been conducted by researchers in Russia. The results may contribute to non-pharmacological methods for treating epilepsy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and depression. The human brain is always electrically active. Neurons exchange information using very short electrical… Read more

Our own volition powers us through our innumerable daily tasks, though there are larger incentives at work. Could we lead healthier, more productive lives if we could learn to control the parts of our brain most essential to volition? Using a new brain imaging strategy, Duke University scientists have now taken a first step in… Read more