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EEG May Predict Effectiveness of Either Talk Therapy or Antidepressants

Research has shown that when we experience a positive event in our lives, our brains respond with an increase in electrical activity — a reaction known as “reward positivity.” People who suffer from depression, however, tend to show reduced brain activity in response to good things happening in their lives.

In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) wanted to see if they could use reward positivity to predict which patients might do better on serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) versus cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). They also wanted to see whether changes in reward positivity were associated with symptom improvement over the course of treatment.

Read more at: Psych Central

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Katie L. Burkhouse PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

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