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#8 – Posted Monday April, 19th 2021

What The Vagus Nerve Is And How To Stimulate It For Better Mental Health

By Sarah Jeanne Browne

The vagus nerve is the body’s superpower and it’s used to counteract your fight/flight system. It’s how you develop a healthy stress response and become resilient. When stimulated, you feel calmer, more compassionate and clearer.

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#7 – Posted Monday April, 12th 2021

Targeting the Autonomic Nervous System Balance in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain Using Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation: A Randomized, Crossover, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study

By Julianna H Prim,1–3,* Sangtae Ahn,1,2,* Maria I Davila,1 Morgan L Alexander,1,2 Karen L McCulloch,3,4,* Flavio Fröhlich1,2,5–8,*

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is characterized by an alteration in pain processing by the central nervous system that may affect autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance. Heart rate variability (HRV) reflects the balance of parasympathetic and sympathetic ANS activation. In particular, respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) solely reflects parasympathetic input and is reduced in CLBP patients. Yet, it remains unknown if non-invasive brain stimulation can alter ANS balance in CLBP patients.

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#6 – Posted Monday April, 5th 2021

Optimizing Human Experiences Through The Lens of The Polyvagal Theory

Healing Pain Podcast with Dr. Stephen Porges

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#5 – Posted Monday March, 29th 2021

Why even try? Using brain science to answer one of life’s biggest questions

Published by Brown University

A new study from a research team based at Brown University sheds light on the cognitive processes that occur when humans decide to exert mental effort.

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#4 – Posted Tuesday March, 23rd 2021

A randomized, controlled trial of alpha-rhythm EEG neurofeedback in posttraumatic stress disorder: A preliminary investigation showing evidence of decreased PTSD symptoms and restored default mode and salience network connectivity using fMRI

The default-mode network (DMN) and salience network (SN) have been shown to display altered connectivity in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Restoring aberrant connectivity within these networks with electroencephalogram neurofeedback (EEG-NFB) has been shown previously to be associated with acute decreases in symptoms. Here, we conducted a double-blind, sham-controlled randomized trial of alpha-rhythm EEG-NFB in participants with PTSD (n = 36) over 20-weeks. Our aim was to provide mechanistic evidence underlying clinical improvements by examining changes in network connectivity via fMRI.

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