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Brain research will unveil the roots of TMS

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by quert, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. quert

    quert Guest

    Brain research and neuroscience are already beginning to revolutionize our understanding of psychotherapy and the unconscious. New tools, invented in the last 50 years, allow us to look inside of the brain, in real time, and see what is happening inside of it in real time. Already, these tools are helping us understand how we process emotions, how trauma affects the brain, and the stress response. Eventually, I believe that this sort of hard science will help us understand how TMS works within the living brain. It truly is the future, and big investment like this will only make it come more quickly.

     
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  2. Dr James Alexander

    Dr James Alexander TMS author and psychologist

    quert- the way brain science has developed in the last 10-15 years is truly astonishing. You may be interested in my recent article which appeared in The Neuropsychotherapist- Emotional Style and Chronic Pain. You can access it via my webpage (www.drjamesalexander-psychologist.com) --> About the book --> Addendum to the book
     
  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Quert and Dr. Alexander,

    I found something new to add to this discussion on the brain and mind-body science.

    A recent newspaper article says:

    Scientists haven’t yet found a way to mend a broken heart, but they’re edging closer to manipulating memory and downloading instructions from a computer right into a brain.


    Researchers from the Riken-M.I.T. Center for Neural Circuit Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took us closer to this science-fiction world of brain tweaking last week when they said they were able to create a false memory in a mouse.

    The scientists reported in the journal Science that they caused mice to remember receiving an electrical shock in one location, when in reality they were zapped in a completely different place. The researchers weren’t able to create entirely new thoughts, but they applied good or bad feelings to memories that already existed.

    “It wasn’t so much writing a memory from scratch, it was basically connecting two different types of memories. We took a neutral memory, and we artificially updated that to make it a negative memory,” said Steve Ramirez, one of the M.I.T. neuroscientists on the project.
    It may sound insignificant and perhaps not a nice way to treat mice, but it is not a dramatic leap to imagine that one day this research could lead to computer-manipulation of the mind for things like the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, Mr. Ramirez said.

    Technologists are already working on brain-computer interfaces, which will allow us to interact with our smartphones and computers simply by using our minds. And there are already gadgets that read our thoughts and allow us to do things like dodge virtual objects in a computer game or turn switches on and off with a thought.

    But the scientists who are working on memory manipulation are the ones who seem to be pushing the boundaries of what we believe is possible. Sure, it sounds like movie fantasy right now, but don’t laugh off the imagination of Hollywood screenwriters; sometimes the movies can be a great predictor of things to come.

    In 2011, scientists working in collaboration with Boston University and A.T.R. Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, published a paper on a process called Decoded Neurofeedback, or “DecNef,” which sends signals to the brain through a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, or FMRI, that can alter a person’s brain activity pattern. In time, these scientists believe they could teach people how to play a musical instrument while they sleep, learn a new language or master a sport, all by “uploading” information to the brain.

    Writing to the brain could allow us to interact with our computers, or other human beings, just by thinking about it.
    In February, Dr. Miguel A. Nicolelis, a neuroscientist at Duke University successfully connected the brains of two rats over the Internet, allowing them to communicate with their minds so when one rat pressed a lever, the other one did the same. The rats were in different locations, one at Duke University, in North Carolina, and another in a laboratory in Natal, Brazil.

    In his book, “Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines — and How It Will Change Our Lives,” Dr. Nicolelis said he believes it is possible that humans will be able to communicate wirelessly without words or sound, where brain waves are transmitted over the Internet.

    “I think this is the real frontier of human communication in the future. We already can get our monkeys, and even humans, to move devices just by thinking,” he said. “Once you can write to the brain, I can imagine the same type of logic working for communication where your thoughts and a message will be communicated to another human being and they will be able to understand it.”

    It looks like mending that broken heart, through manipulation of our memories, might be here closer than we think.

    End of article, beginning of food for thought.
     
  4. Dr James Alexander

    Dr James Alexander TMS author and psychologist

    welcome to our Brave New World. Unfortunately, in addition to potential good, the potential for manipulation is also extreme.
     

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