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February 5, 2024

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University of Washington ITHS-Funded Study Shows Increased Connectivity in Key Areas of the Brain

A recent study partially funded by ITHS shines new light on the plasticity of the brain and could have implications in various fields of study.


Cynthia Price, Ph.D., M.A., LMT, is a respected Research Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, and director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Body Awareness. She has dedicated decades to clinical research, but her recent focus on the neuroscience associated with intervention improvements marks a significant shift in her research. Dr. Price developed the intervention Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), and in her work she noticed how teaching individuals to develop interoceptive awareness, involving access and attention to their internal sensations could benefit those struggling with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction. The brain imaging study results revealed plasticity in the brain and increased activation in areas responsible for sensory processing and regulation. This discovery is particularly exciting, as there are limited studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to showcase such changes due to interoceptive awareness training...


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