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Accession Number ADA582852
Title Using Neurological Feedback to Enhance Resilience and Recuperation.
Publication Date Apr 2011
Media Count 16p
Personal Author E. Vermetten M. Boeschoten N. Van Wouwe R. Delahaij V. Kallen
Abstract During the NATO RTO- Human Factors & Medicine panel symposium on Mental health and well-being across the military spectrum we will present some recent developments in the use of bio- and neurofeedback to support and enhance recovery and recuperation after expeditory (military) deployment. Applying such technology is possible due to our rapidly developing knowledge on the neurological systems underlying stress, performance and recuperation. Parallel to the necessary scientific developments, technological developments and ever more inspiring design make it possible to use the monitored physiological an neurological signals in interactive and stimulating settings contrary to the generally dull and straight forward tasks used until recently. As such consumer, or gamer compliance increases what makes it possible to transfer bio- and neurofeedback out of the laboratory and generally strictly scientific environment to a broader public. However, before taking this important step, we considered it opportune to investigate if and how bio- and neurofeedback can contribute to recovery, recuperation, stress management and well being in general. For this reason the Dutch armed forces, in cooperation with TNO, initiated a research program to investigate the potential of bio- and neurofeedback paradigms and to evaluate the developed paradigms on their usability within the military domain. For this purpose 160 soldiers of the Dutch 200 Logistic Battalion will be assigned after deployment in Afghanistan to either a biofeedback gaming intervention; neurofeedback training; or just leisure time (each 10 sessions of approximately 30 minutes). After the intervention program these groups will be compared on mental health and well- being, stress management and experience, and physiological markers of stress, anxiety and depression. During the upcoming symposium the development of the intervention protocols; preliminary results; and our experiences will be presented and discussed.
Keywords Autonomic nervous system
Blood pressure
Eda(Electro-dermal activity)
Foreign reports
Galvanic skin response
Heart rate
Mental health
Military personnel
Nato furnished
Pns(Parasympathetic nervous system)
Post traumatic stress disorder
Scr(Skin conductance response)
Sns(Sympathetic nervous system)
Sympathetic nervous system

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57C - Botany
57Z - Zoology
57A - Anatomy
57S - Physiology
Corporate Author TNO Defence Security and Safety, The Hague (Netherlands).
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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