Recently an inspiring story came across our desks that goes to show the emergence of neurofeedback into more and more areas of the world. This one is about a Master’s in Electrical Engineering who was moved by the continued opioid crisis developed a tool that employs neurofeedback.
America’s ongoing opioid epidemic has mired thousands of communities in a fight against addiction. The battle has been long and daunting, but a new project at the University of Dayton shows promise for people addicted to opioids by retraining their brains.
This potential recovery tool emerged in 2017 as part of The Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge. The competition called for innovative solutions to the opioid crisis. “Even if you’re not personally affected by the epidemic, you know people who are,” says Kelly Cashion Beigh, a software engineering researcher at the University of Dayton Research Institute who witnessed the effects of the epidemic and was inspired to enter the contest.
Her proposal: a neurofeedback system that would help those with addictions conquer their cravings by addressing core imbalances in the brain. Her idea was one of five to win a $10,000 prize in the first round of this competition. (The contest has three rounds and concludes in 2019.) We spoke to Cashion Beigh about her project and how biofeedback might be part of the solution sought by so many.
Both Beigh and The University of Dayton are committed to multiple approaches in their work with the community suffering. To read the whole story, including a Q and A which is quite honestly, heart-warming, please visit the NY Times article posted by the University of Dayton.
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