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The Importance Of Psychophysiology In Progressing Neuroscience

posted Jun 16, 2018, 11:40 PM by Dr. Curtis Cripe   [ updated Jun 16, 2018, 11:40 PM ]

Psychophysiology is a branch of physiology and neuroscience concerned with better understanding the interaction of a person’s mental state and their physiological responses. It is about studying the relationship between mental and physical processes and is dependent on the work of neurologists, physicians, biochemists, psychologists, engineers, and other science professionals.

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The connection between the mind and the body is the focal point of psychophysiology. Those in the field continue to look for non-invasive ways to deal with various neurological and psychological issues, from head trauma or TBI to emotion-induced illnesses like fear, anxiety, and stress. This means that a psychophysiological disorder is in part induced by emotional factors.

Common neurological ailments are psychosomatic in nature, including ADHD, migraines, and ulcerative colitis. Alternative health care provided by psychophysiology and neuroscience in general looks at ailments in the body as interconnected, not isolated and localized to a particular area. It is a holistic study of the whole system: body, mind, physical symptoms, and emotions.

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The field continues to find ways to quantify the effectiveness of various therapies and treatment methods. Applied psychophysiology works closely with modern, alternative approaches, from psychotherapy and meditation to bodywork and hypnosis. Psychophysiology is key in observing and recording date for a variety of body processes connected to the nervous system. The field is finding more concrete manifestations of how emotional states directly affect physiological processes.

Dr. Curtis Cripe founded the Crossroads Institute, which developed telemedicine brain training delivery systems for children with learning disabilities and other developmental delays and adults with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and head injuries. For related reads, check out this blog.

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