Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) processing techniques and the use of modern analytic software to processes the EEG/QEEG gives us the ability to view the dynamic changes taking place throughout the brain during cognitive processing tasks. This novel approach was the perfect tool to be used to assist us in determining which areas of the brain are engaged and processing efficiently. The change intervention, skillfully incorporated into the MAP System, was described first by Garry flint, PhD in his book, A Theory and Treatment of Your Personality (2006).
Research Case Study: Acrophobia (Height phobia), “Jane”
This research was done by Colette Streicher & Dominic Diloreto Neuroscientist, P.H.D Candidate, with a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology. It took place at the Unique Mind Care Clinic in Houston, Texas. Before Jane was brought to the research clinic, we tested her phobia of heights. Our initial observations showed that when she approached any railing that was higher than two stories, she would show definite panic, turn, and rush away from the railing
General Overview of the Session: Prior to the session, the subject’s phobia was tested by going to a multistory building, and instructed her to go to the railing. The subject showed extreme panic when facing the thought of approaching the railing and rushed back to a safe area. Then, during a live the session using the QEEG, the client’s anxiety level was measured using the Subjective Unit of Distress (SUD) based on a scale of 0-10. Each time Colette gave a command to the “SuperConscious” to neutralize different aspects of the phobia, the subject reported a measurable improvement. This continued until the anxiety was completely neutralized. At the end of the 54 minute session, we immediately returned to a railing area on the 7th floor, overlooking the building lobby. The subject was able to walk to the railing, lean forward, and open her arms, while looking down into the lobby without fear. (Click on the chart graphic to enlarge.)
Brain Activity: The picture of her brain shows that there was a dramatic change within the five main brain frequencies. (Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, Gamma) (Click on the graphic to enlarge.)
• The increase in Delta was actually found in the limbic area of the brain (The unconscious).
This indicated encoding and retrieval of unconscious information actively at work.
• The increase in Theta was found within the hippocampus and could be linked to Florence’s brain actively reorganizing memories.
• The increase in Alpha was related to memory retrieval, accessing information, & reorganizing of connections.
• The increase in Beta and Gamma frequencies could be related to the repair of trauma or phobia.
Findings: There were only three main areas in the brain that were altered within all of the 40 frequencies. (Click on the graphic to enlarge.)
- Increased Activity within the Hippocampus Gyrus – The memory center of the brain.
- Increased Activity within the Insula – The Pain controlling center.
- Decreased Activity within the Precuneus – which is the bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind, leading to More activity in the unconscious, emotional, limbic brain.
Results: The last and most important part of the research was after the session, We took Jane back to where her phobia was triggered. She was able to enjoy the view and feel comfortable. (Her phobia was completely treated)