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A Brain-Computer Interface to Exercise Self-Control

written by Jordan Silberman August 23, 2012

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”

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Senia August 23, 2012 - 9:23 pm


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


oz August 24, 2012 - 2:25 am

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 August 24, 2012 - 10:09 am

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 August 24, 2012 - 6:37 pm

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 August 24, 2012 - 11:15 pm

jordan – which area of the brain?

medial prefrontal cortex?

Jordan Silberman August 25, 2012 - 7:17 am

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 August 25, 2012 - 7:21 am

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

Sherri August 29, 2012 - 4:55 pm

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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