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Intersection: Neurofeedback

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UCF mental health specialists say this flying squirrel can help train your brain. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

For the past year patients at the University of Central Florida’s student health center have been able to access a kind of treatment called neurofeedback. Sensors on the scalp measure brainwave activity as a patient plays a computer game… using the mind.

The treatment is used to help patients recovering from substance abuse, and it’s being expanded to include anxiety, depression and ADHD. We talk to Dr. Tom Hall, director substance abuse prevention, education, treatment and recovery services at the University of Central Florida, and mental health counselor Collier Shepard about neurofeedback. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »