Mind Reading: How your brain waves are used to check your health and spending habits

May 28, 2009 :: Patti Sorensen
Moderated by Louella Cronkhite

How does our mind work?

How does the mind of an individual with autism, depression or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), interpret what is happening around them? How do we know?

Brain imaging techniques, such as functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and EEG (electroencephalography), are slowly allowing us a window on how the brain processes information. Research using brain imaging techniques has discovered regions of the brain and networks of activity among brain regions that are crucial for skills such as attention, memory, reasoning and language.

What are the limitations of brain imaging techniques? Can they really tell what you are thinking? Can brain imaging techniques actually detect if you are lying?

How are they being used by marketing companies to get you to buy their products?

Speaker: Patti Sorensen

Patti Sorensen owns and runs NeuroAdvances, a Lethbridge neurotherapy consultancy clinic. Earlier, she worked for many years as a speech-language pathologist in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and southern Alberta.

Patti has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, an M.Sc. (speech-language pathology) from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.Ed. (adult education) from the University of New Brunswick. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of Lethbridge. Her dissertation focuses on brain wave activity in adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

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