This pilot study reports the findings from a sub-group of 9 patients, from a cohort of 32 middle-aged ambulant depressive patients undergoing an intensive 8 week choral singing programme, who received “before” and “after” QEEGs (resting state and the WinEEG VCPT ERP protocol). “Before” and “after” mental state examinations and Beck Depressive Inventory showed significant improvement (p<0.001). Group spectral analysis of resting QEEG showed greater L/R hemispheric symmetry of activity, reduction of right polar pre-frontal hyperactivity, and reduction of hypercoherence (all reported depressive parameters). ERP results revealed that an initially heightened P3a Novelty Cingulate Gyrus response reduced significantly over the course of treatment (p<0.05).
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.