Showing posts with label neuroscience. Show all posts
Showing posts with label neuroscience. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

3rd BNC Hi-5 “V-Symposium” 2020 under the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN)

It is my honor to present my pilot study of PhD research during the 3rd BNC Hi-5 “V-Symposium” organized by the Basic Neuroscience Council (BNC) under the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN). I have learned so much from all the Neuroscientists in Malaysia. I hope to share more about my experience in EEG Biofeedback in the next symposium too. Hopefully I can publish more papers in the coming year.




Sunday, October 29, 2017

1st Malaysian International Integrative Healthcare Conference 2017 - Clinical Neurofeedback by Hiro Koo

Thanks the Medical University CUCMS for inviting me to share my knowledge in clinical neurofeedback training with all healers Who come from UK, Australia, India and other Asia Pacific Region countries. I am glad to be part of the experts here to provide effective intervention plans for children with special needs.

Special thanks to my psychology assistant for helping me today.

Title: Clinical Neurofeedback: Brain training for children with special needs  

Human brain can be trained at any age and new neurons are produced throughout our life. The term of neuroplasticity is well accepted nowadays. Clinical Neurofeedback is based on the concept of neuroplasticity that trains the brain like a muscle. Clinical Neurofeedback is the clinical application of EEG Biofeedback method. It can be applied to some diagnosed (mental) conditions such as (ADHD, Autism, Learning Difficulties, Tics Disorder, Mood Issues). Clinical Neurofeedback is a form of tailored to individual needs training procedure used by trained practitioners to optimize various brain functions. This is essentially a way of teaching individuals on how to self-regulate their own brainwaves. It is safe, non-invasive and painless. A case study will be discussed on how Clinical Neurofeedback helps a child who diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to reduce his autism symptoms and improving executive functioning. Different brainwaves profile of the various disorders will be discussed as well. We will also discuss about how Clinical Neurofeedback can effectively regulate different brainwaves profile of children who diagnosed with ADHD or for those who are having similar brainwaves pattern in order to reduce the undesirable symptoms of ADHD. At last, the heart of the potential of Clinical Neurofeedback to help manage Tourette syndrome and tics disorder will be discussed too.

Keywords:   Tourette syndrome, Tics Disorder, ADHD, Autism, Clinical Neurofeedback

Thursday, October 26, 2017

[Event] Asia Pacific Neuro-biofeedback Association Conference 2017 - Autonomic Nervous Dysfunction Part

My presentation topic in APNA 2017 Conference:
Autonomic Nervous System Disorders

Abstract of My Presentation

Human brain can be trained at any age and new neurons are produced throughout our life. The term of neuroplasticity is well accepted nowadays. EEG biofeedback or neurofeedback is based on the concept of neuroplasticity that trains the brain like a muscle. Clinical Neurofeedback is the clinical application of EEG Biofeedback method. Meanwhile, Clinical Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals to improve a wide range of conditions including physical and mental aspect. Both are safe, non-invasive and painless procedure. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, autonomic nervous system (ANS) disorders can occur alone or as the result of another disease. When something goes wrong in our autonomic nervous system, it can cause serious problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), blood pressure and heart problems etc. Often, there is no cure for autonomic nervous system disorders but it is possible to improve those symptoms. Thus, a case study will be discussed on how Neuro-hypnotherapy method helps a client who suffered for ANS disorder symptoms. At last, we will also discuss about how to integrate Clinical Neurofeedback and Clinical Hypmosis to improve other ANS disorder symptoms.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How scientists are trying to unlock the mysteries of hypnosis

Nevertheless, Patterson and research partner Jensen have made considerable strides by examining the neural underpinnings of a hypnotic trance. To study hypnosis, Jensen uses electroencephalography, or EEG, which measures electricity in the brain. Our individual neurons are constantly generating electrical pulses as they transmit information from the body to the brain and around the brain itself. Occasionally, large groups of neurons will coordinate these pulses into a sort of rhythmic pattern. Picture the brain as a giant football stadium, and the pulses are like the fans doing a wave. Using sensors attached to the skull, scientists can listen for broad electrical rhythms — called oscillations — caused by wide swaths of neurons working in concert.
Keep in mind, though, that the brain isn’t a single stadium, but rather 1.2 million interlocking stadiums at once. So the EEG may pick up many different interlocking elements, and to make matters more complicated, because the sensors are on the outside of your head, only the outer parts of the brain can be measured. That makes the stadium even harder to hear. “The Rolling Stones are in town, but you don’t have a ticket,” Patterson says. “So you are standing outside the stadium. It’s very loose. You don’t know what, exactly, you’re hearing, but you can tell if they are singing a ballad or a rock song.”
Amazingly, even with all these barriers, when scientists listen to multiple places in the brain, a neurological picture of hypnosis begins to emerge. During meditation, the “stadium chant” that many parts of your brain participate is measurably slower than in daily life; during hypnosis, the chant becomes even slower — about the only way to get the brain rhythms slower than those during hypnosis would be to fall into a coma.

In the human brain, alpha waves — electric waves that pulse 8 to 12 hertz, or 8 to 12 times per second — prevail when we are relaxed or closing our eyes. Theta — 4 to 8 hertz — commonly arise when we are drowsy or lost in thought, and delta waves — 0 to 4 hertz — happen when we are asleep or in a coma. Jensen’s work suggests that theta and alpha waves may be key to pain relief. When going about our daily activities, the brain generally uses the much faster beta and gamma waves (up to 100 pulses per second). This is especially true when we’re in pain, which usually goes hand in hand with anxiety and stress. Thus, if hypnosis can trigger slower brain waves, those waves may replace the faster patterns and thus replace the perception of pain.
The implications for helping the millions of people in chronic pain might be enormous. This idea led Jensen to a fascinating study. He looked at the brains of 20 patients before and after they experienced some relief from pain through both hypnosis and meditation. He found that people who naturally had high levels of theta waves — in other words, people with naturally relaxed, slower electrical activity — experienced a great deal of pain relief from hypnosis. Meanwhile, people with busy, overactive minds benefited the most from meditation, which slowed their buzzing brains down to a crawl.
“Meditation takes care of a problem that you have. Hypnosis builds on a skill,” Jensen says animatedly. “It’s capitalization or compensation. Are you capitalizing on a strength or are you compensating for a weakness? It looks like meditation is compensating for a weakness, and hypnosis capitalizes on a strength.” Imagine pain management as a skill, like running or weight lifting. According to Jensen, hypnosis is a little like taking an already strong sprinter to the gym and pushing her to a whole new level.

If Patterson and Jensen are right, their research could back up much of what scientists have suspected for many years: Hypnosis may be an exotic brain state that directly accesses expectation and perception — a little bit like turning off all the software in your computer and accessing its basic coding (although that is a huge simplification). And while a placebo says, “Take this amazing thing and it will make you feel better” and giving you a promise for the future, a hypnotic suggestion says, “Floating along this stream, you suddenly feel better,” which is a promise for right now. Which one is better? Which one taps into your expectation more effectively and permanently? That is a question that will take much more time and experimentation to unravel.