2014 AAPB Webinar 6: Feelings, Judgments, and Decisions
Presented by Thomas Collura, PhD, MSMHC, Brain Enrichment Center
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This talk will describe the author's integration of recent research that provides an updated brain-based view of cognitive and emotional processing. Based on findings related to brain activation during different emotional states, it is possible to identify different roles of the left and right hemispheres in producing and regulating emotional responses. Whereas rapid, parallel processing leads to judgments related to whether situations are "bad" or "dangerous," more time-consuming sequential processing is required in order to arrive at judgments of "good" or "safe." As a result, the relative time and effort required to achieve and maintain positive versus negative affect can be analyzed in a dynamic model. It is shown that emotional states can be understood in terms of being either reactions to stimuli, or as the results of sustained intrinsic mechanisms. Implications for interventions such as counseling, medication, and bio/neurofeedback, are discussed.
Professionals who complete this webinar will gain:
- Recognize EEG patterns associated with specific emotional responses and states.
- Explain how the frontal cortex participates in the creation of emotional responses to stimuli.
- Describe the brain locations involved in positive and negative emotional responses in normal processes.
- Describe aberrations in normal brain processing, that can lead to abnormal emotional responses or states.
- Explain how different interventions have differing effects on the dynamic control of emotion.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Dr. Collura is currently president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc., and clinical director of the Brain Enrichment Center, in Bedford, Ohio. He received the Ph.D. in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University in Biomedical Engineering for research on visual and auditory evoked potentials and attention. He received the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2013. He served for 8 years on the staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland, Clinic, developing computerized EEG monitoring and mapping systems. He is the founder of BrainMaster Technologies, Bedford, OH, a developer of EEG and neurofeedback systems. He has over 20 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the areas of EEG, evoked potentials, and neurofeedback. He is a past president of the ISNR, and a past president of the neurofeedback division of the AAPB. He recently chaired the IEEE standards effort on Recommended Practice for Neurofeedback Systems, whose standard was approved in 2012.