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How can we relieve stress and depression? Find out how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can help treat people with depression and virtual reality can be therapeutic to reduce stress.
Treatment-Resistant Depression: The Rise of Magnetic Stimulation
Yamile Jasaui (MSc Research Associate Department of Neuroscience)
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a devastating disorder which tends to develop during adolescence. Its consequences range from impairment to suicide. Adolescents with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) do not respond to conventional antidepressant treatment. Evidence suggests that rapid pulses of magnetic stimulation delivered non-invasively through the scalp can help youth with TRD. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) works by delivering magnetic pulses which excite neurons and increase their activity in areas important for emotional regulation and thus, reduce depression.
Experiencing Nature in Virtual Reality: from the Awe Inspiring to the Nausea Inducing
Anthony Chaston, PhD (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Mount Royal University)
In general, my research explores how nature scenes, presented in Virtual Reality (VR), can be used for both relaxation and recreation. This includes going VR hiking on your treadmill and investigating new techniques for stress management. During this presentation I will focus in the latter, presenting some of my current research and ideas about VR Nature Therapy, and how this tool has the potential to be used as an effective and efficient stress reduction strategy.