Neurofeedback is the Next Big Thing

One of the “most promising and rapidly advancing frontiers in mental health” is a treatment that acts like a game, writes data scientist Sara Kimmich.

Neurofeedback allows people to hear and see their brain activity, and train their brains to tweak their mental state.

The technology rewards patients who stave off brain activity triggered by a certain concept with pleasant tones or changing shapes.

It’s a major, noninvasive advancement in treating conditions like phobias, anxiety and PTSD—but there’s a scary side. “Unconscious reprogramming” could also be used to implant people’s brains with thoughts without their knowledge.

Aeon

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