I.N.I. is committed to exploring the brain’s plasticity for improving cognitive well-being. We are currently exploring research studies on diverse patient populations whose cognitive functions have been impacted (PTSD veterans, high-performance athletes). Current studies are exploring methods of meditation, functional MRI, and neurofeedback training to improve patient symptoms, and therefore, improving quality of life. By utilizing the advancement of neuroimaging, we hope to enhance comprehension of cognitive decline for diagnostic and treatment purposes.
I.N.I. will research the effects of meditation on the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is categorized within Trauma and Stressor-related disorders. Our research will help those with mild to severe symptoms of PTSD such as flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety attacks. Over a 3-month period, participants will engage in group meditation sessions twice a week for 60 minutes each. This will determine effects on trauma level intensity, sleep, and mood. I.N.I. will use fMRIs to measure brain activity before and after the meditation sessions. Data analysis will also be performed using the various health outcome instruments. I.N.I. hopes to prove that meditation decreases the main symptoms of PTSD as well as increases well-being in daily activities.
By using a particular form of meditation, the trauma-related symptoms for individuals with PTSD will decrease. Meditation allows individuals to be accepting and non-judgmental of his or her emotions. In previous studies, meditation is reported to produce changes in the mental state of mind and resting electroencephalogram patterns that continue after the active practice. The process of relaxation during meditation may help PTSD symptoms because it reduces the re-experiencing distress the individual has after a traumatic event.
A case study involving patients with chronic lumbar radiculopathy and neurofeedback training will explore the effects of NFB on pain. Our goal is to utilize brain mapping and neurofeedback techniques to ameliorate chronic pain.