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A Brain-Computer Interface to Exercise Self-Control

By on August 23, 2012 – 4:45 pm  8 Comments

Jordan Silberman, MAPP '06 is an MD/PhD student at the University of Rochester where he studies neuroeconomics—the neural basis of decision making. He is currently developing a technique in which brain-computer interface technology is used to promote neural activity that may facilitate self-controlled behavior. Jordan has published articles on psychology, pediatric palliative care, health care communication, bioethics, and proteomics. Full bio.

Jordan's articles for Positive Psychology News Daily are here.

Editor’s Note: Now we will try something different: a TEDx talk by one of our authors. For those who get this by email, the embedded video probably won’t work. So here’s the link:

Jordan Silberman: A Brain Computer Interface for Exercising the “Self Control Muscle”

Dog waiting for a treat courtesy of Amanda Yepiz


  • Senia says:


    Delightful TEDx talk. Thank you!
    Have you used the biofeedback yourself?!


  • oz says:

    Jordon – HRV is a measure of self regulation so I’m wondering about the connection between what you’re playing with and HRV – remembering that HRV biofeedback has been around for 20 years

  • Jordan says:

    Thanks Senia and Oz. Yes, I have used the feedback a bit myself. HRV biofeedback is a promising alternate approach that we may try combining with STRIDES in the future. Jordan

  • Dr. Marsha Snyder says:

    Great talk, Jordan.
    I was wondering if you would get in touch with me to discuss another subject.
    I noticed you are an MD/PhD student. I am a medical doctor who just graduated from MAPP. I would love to discuss positive health and assorted medical school topics with you if you are willing and have the time. Thanks! Marsha Snyder

  • Oz says:

    jordan – which area of the brain?

    medial prefrontal cortex?

  • Jordan Silberman says:

    Hi Marsha, I’d be happy to speak with you. Please contact me: Jordan_Silberman AT urmc DOT rochester DOT edu. Best, Jordan

  • Jordan Silberman says:

    Hi Oz,
    We create tailored protocols for each subject using baseline data. We target mostly SMA, dlPFC, dACC.

  • Sherri says:

    Hey, Jordan!
    Love this new research adventure of yours, neuroeconomics. I look forward to the day when we can help adolescents with their decision-making, and make that a somewhat less painful time for kids and parents.
    🙂 Sherri

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