This article from the Wall Street Journal goes into a new treatment for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and trauma. The new treatment, called neurofeedback, adopts the philosophy of weight-lifting to strengthen the areas of the brain associated with mental illness, with assistance from fMRI technology. The story covers the work of Dr. Kymberly Young, a postdoctoral associate at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. I thought that the article did a quality job of discussing what neurofeedback is, and the technology that helps make it possible. However, I had some other questions about the article:
- Do you think it would have been beneficial to have included another anecdote about biofeedback that was not as satisfactory as Mr. Williams? The study includes at least 20% of people who did not improve their depression symptoms. Would it have been helpful to hear from them?
- Do you think there could have been a more effective way to end this story? The story seems to die out at the end, and the final words of the story include more knowledge of neurofeedback, and less of a conclusion to why neurofeedback could be important. Do you agree, or disagree?