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Published on Nov 28, 2014
www.tedxamsterdam.com Rainer Goebel has two big passions in life – computer programming and the human brain. And by following both his passions and combining them, Goebel has managed to create something pretty path breaking.
Goebel and his team have developed an advanced software system for the real-time analysis of functional MRI brain scans. He scans the brain and analyzes brain activity in the regions of the brain related to the problem of the patient. The patient is shown this neuro-feedback real-time through a brain-computer interface. Through this feedback, a severely depressed person can visualize how his brain activity influences the way he feels and the way he can control these emotions by personally activating or de-activating activity in relevant parts of his brain, with astonishing results. Goebel also shows us the different neurological responses of different people, from one of the happiest men in the world to a girl with locked-in syndrome.
Recently it was shown that fMRI neurofeedback training not only enhances voluntary control over brain regions but may also have a significant therapeutic effect for patients suffering from neurological and psychiatric diseases such as manic depression and Parkinson's disease. Through funding from the European Union, now more and more hospitals will be able to use the technique to find out whether it can help more patients with more complex diseases.