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How Brain Mapping Can Change Behaviors

The Human Brain is Complex

Our brains are the most complex parts of our bodies. It is the center of our intelligence, movements, behaviors, thoughts, and senses. Four major lobes make up the brain — the frontal lobes, parietal lobes, occipital lobes, and temporal lobes. It is also made up of approximately 86 billion neurons, or information messengers between the brain and the nervous system.

So why would someone need brain mapping? Brain mapping technology allows medical professionals to observe which parts of the brain are performing which functions. It can be used for patients with epilepsy, movement disorders, brain tumors, and mental health disorders as well. More recently, it has been used to help people who struggle with addiction change their lifestyles and behaviors.

What Is Brain Mapping?

While the first evidence of electrical activity fluctuations in the brain goes back as early as the 1800s, it was only in 1963 that scientists noticed they could influence that brain activity. The idea of brain-mapping came to be nearly 50 years ago when cognitive psychology merged with modern brain-imaging techniques.

Brain mapping involves the use of an electroencephalogram (EEG). During an EEG, electrical impulses in the brain are monitored by attaching small metal discs to your scalp. The data is then mapped to show the brain waves in a visual format. This allows experts to identify any abnormalities that may indicate a mental health disorder.

How Does Brain Mapping Help People In Recovery

To define it simply, brain mapping helps reveal what is going on inside your brain. The neurofeedback, or biofeedback of the brain, uses modern technology to improve cognitive function.

Neurofeedback can help medical professionals and clients connect to the rational regions of the brain during stressful times. It also allows experts and clients to visualize where brainwave activity is not functioning as it should. This allows the clients to gain control of their emotions, which results in making healthier life choices.

Using this visualization, clients can work with therapists to determine the most effective way to train their brains, set personal goals, and change their behaviors.

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If you are interested in learning more about brain-mapping and how it can change your behaviors, call (423) 226-5331 to speak with one of our addiction specialists. Brain-mapping is one of the many treatment options at Chattanooga Recovery Center. Together, we will work on obtaining the skills you need to live a life of sobriety.


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