In the last two decades an enormous amount of new information about brain networks and functional connectivity has emerged. Multimodal registration of fMRI, PET, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and EEG/MEG has resulted in a deeper understanding of how clusters of neurons in nodes of networks rapidly synchronize for brief periods of time.
The presentation will review the integration of structural imaging with functional and effective connectivity with special emphasis on the mechanism of phase shift and phase lock (phase reset) of large masses of neurons for brief periods of time. Correlations between phase reset and brain development, intelligence and autism will also be discussed. The linkage between symptoms and dysregulation in nodes and connections between nodes will be presented with special emphasis on real-time 3-dimmensional imaging of network dynamics and EEG biofeedback.
The brain is an information processing machine adjusting itself to the environment. Information processing can be defined as reducing uncertainty. It has been suggested that the brain developed from an evolutionary point of view once living creatures started moving around in a changing and thus uncertain environment.
Dr Natalie Challis has found that effective treatment of Neurobehavioural disorders require a 4 pillared approach: Brain – QEEG and an individualised Loreta Neurofeedback protocol, Body – The clinical application of functional neurology focuses on regulating the activity of the brain, which stimulates changes throughout the nervous system, Behaviour – Working with an educational specialist, and a psychologist, to reinforce the neurological change into behaviour and Balance – Both the gut and brain originate early in embryogenesis from the same clump of tissue, which divides during fetal development.