CALGARY, Alta. Mar. 29, 2017/ Troy Media/ – Science and medicine have improved by leaps and bounds over the last few decades, with many of the smartest minds in the world uncovering our body’s secrets.
However, one organ still poses a lot of mysteries – the human brain – which is exactly why EEG scans have become particularly popular, with each study furthering our knowledge about ourselves.
In fact, EEG technology is becoming so advanced that we are now hoping to use the technology to help us understand how the brain functions during certain activities and how these insights can help us improve and cure conditions such as depression. Here are just a few of the most exciting EEG studies happening now:
For people with disabilities, creating music when you can’t play an instrument can be an impossible dream. However, the Mindtunes project has allowed three disabled people – Andy, Jo and Mark – to create unique music together using nothing more than the power of their minds. The single is being sold on iTunes in order to raise money for charity.
A new study has revealed that with the use of EEG it is now possible to predict what a child’s reading ability will be as much as two years in advance. This means that using these scans, it will be possible for teachers to see which children may need extra help in the classroom compared with their peers. Using the EEG technology, it will be possible to identify a problem before a child falls behind and could help them obtain better grades in future.
Your brain on poker
Have you ever wondered how professional poker players keep their nerve in high profile tournaments whilst novices struggle to hide their emotions during a friendly game? The fascinating Your Brain on Poker study used EEG to visualise brain scans of beginner, amateur and professional poker players to show how their brain reacted differently during a game. Among other things, the study showed that professional players were far less emotional in their tactics compared with both the beginners and amateur players because they had trained their brains to be led by logic.
EEG to evoke emotion
When we hear a song that we love, it can evoke a certain emotion in us, whether sadness over a past love, fun times as a child, or even anger if it reminds of us a bad time. It’s little wonder then that researchers are trying to develop a form of therapy using EEG and music. Using UK rapper Tinie Tempah in recent studies, the project aims to use EEG to quantify what causes these music emotions and from there try to treat illnesses like depression in future.
Identifying attention disorders
As much as five per cent of the world’s population have an attention disorder, while many more struggle on without being diagnosed. Mainly because these disorders are diagnosed on a hunch, and that means your doctor could easily be missing the signs. However, a new study has been successfully using EEG technology to correctly identify the different brain patterns in people who do have an attention disorder from those who don’t. This could lead to much easier diagnostics in the future.
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