CommonHealth: How To Train Your Brain To Be Happier

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(Courtesy of The NeuroDevelopment Center)
(Courtesy of The NeuroDevelopment Center)

Researchers from Brown University, Tufts University, and Harvard University are experimenting with a new treatment for depression, utlizing neurofeedback.

Basically, they hook your brain up to a computer, and when the happy side of your brain is more active than the sad part, you can see the result on a computer screen.

The hope is that patients will be able to train their brains to favor the happy side. The research is still in progress, and the idea is not without its skeptics.

One of the professors  involved in the new treatment, Laurence Hirshberg of Brown University and Carey Goldberg , co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog, join us to explain the research.


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Researchers are looking for teens and young adults in the Boston and Providence areas to participate in the study, and receive 20 free sessions of treatment. For more information on how to participate visit The NeuroDevelopment Center website.

This segment aired on August 2, 2011.


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