Tracking brain activity to prevent disorders.
Medical imaging of a person’s ‘unique brain signature’ has the potential to predict mental health problems in young adolescents, according to researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
A new study published by the researchers in Neuroimage has characterised the development of various brain “functional networks” in young adolescents from brain scans undertaken every four months.
The study was conducted on a group of about 70 participants, starting at the age of 12 through to 15 years.
“We examined if there were unique patterns of neural activity in brain networks that might be associated with emerging troubling, confusing, and frustrating feelings experienced by adolescents, particularly those who may be vulnerable to mental health disorders,” said Dr. Shan, lead researcher.
“The findings highlight the importance of longitudinal neuroimaging to monitor mental health in adolescents—at a time when the brain is growing and changing dramatically in both structure and function — and its potential to detect changes before abnormal behaviours present.”
The data was collected as part of the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS) by the Thompson Institute — a study designed to track changes in the brain during adolescence, and to ‘gain a deeper understanding of the factors that impact adolescent mental health’.
The team found that the brain network controlling individual “cognitive flexibility”, and the ability to handle negative influences (known as the “cingulo-opercular network”), was found to have low uniqueness levels.
“The brain works like a symphony orchestra, with activities from different brain areas synchronising in tune to determine our thoughts and behaviour.”
The authors published comments about their work on The Conversation this week, where they describe how “…by monitoring and tracking brain changes as they happen, we can tackle emerging mental health problems in adolescence and target early treatment.”
“Given the nature of emerging mental illness in young people, a continuous measure of psychological distress is more likely to reveal important links between neurobiological measures and mental illness.”
The team believes that early brain mapping of children can help to assist with mental disorders and conditions.
This type of research is now entering the ‘push for intervention’ stage after developing over the last decade.
MAPPING THE BRAIN
Although using brain scans to prevent mental illness in developing children is a new idea, using technology to map the brain itself — or “brain fingerprinting” — for findings isn’t necessarily new.
In a 2015 study published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers from Yale University revealed that a unique, fingerprint-like pattern in the brain evolves during development and is sensitive to mental health.
This was further correlated in a 2017 study by researchers from the University of Oslo.
To investigate, researchers looked at brain images from volunteers scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI.
This technique measures neural activity via blood flow in the brain while people are “awake and mentally active”. Researchers calculate a “functional connectivity profile” for each person based on their individual patterns of synchronized activity between different parts of the brain:
This has become an advancing sub-segment of the larger push for better brain-reading technologies.
From here, however, they now are turning to children. Particularly for intervention.
Through this research, they have discovered a lot of brain development occurs during the fetal period that can influence a baby’s future trajectory. See our piece, Medical Hoax: The Corruption of Creation, for more.
Scientists have also found that until the age of 12, there is room for technology to ‘fix a child’s trajectory’.
First by identifying, and now with calls to ‘treat the cause’.
A recent study in Biological Psychiatry used an algorithm of brain scans from a sample of approximately 1,100 patients, and with 82% accuracy, correctly identified a group of patients diagnosed with autism.
‘What a great result!’, they cry.
Now the great scientists (who may or may not have had a role in causing the chronic illnesses in the first place) can come in with the ‘solution’ to all of our ailments!
Pushes such as the new study at the beginning of this piece, combined with more extreme programs such as the First 1,000 Days Program by the Wellcome Trust (Hatchery of Scientism), now seek to ‘fix’ our children.
Not to mention that scientists are also working on ‘moral enhancement technologies‘, and wireless technology that allows implants to be analysed remotely is possible, thanks to the University of Queensland.
Under the guise of ‘health’, the transhumanist agenda seeks to get inside of our bodies.
And many of those inflicted by coming mass health horrors of the world will cry out for the solution.
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