Journal article

"Telling me not to worry..." Hyperscanning and Neural Dynamics of Emotion Processing During Guided Imagery and Music

Joerg C Fachner, Clemens Maidhof, Denise Grocke, Inge Nygaard Pedersen, Gro Trondalen, Gerhard Tucek, Lars O Bonde

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2019

Abstract

To analyze how emotions and imagery are shared, processed and recognized in Guided Imagery and Music, we measured the brain activity of an experienced therapist ("Guide") and client ("Traveler") with dual-EEG in a real therapy session about potential death of family members. Synchronously with the EEG, the session was video-taped and then micro-analyzed. Four raters identified therapeutically important moments of interest (MOI) and no-interest (MONI) which were transcribed and annotated. Several indices of emotion- and imagery-related processing were analyzed: frontal and parietal alpha asymmetry, frontal midline theta, and occipital alpha activity. Session ratings showed overlaps across all..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research has been enabled with a research grant from the Music Therapy Charity, London, UK and from the Christian Doppler Foundation, Vienna, Austria. Open Access funding was granted from Anglia Ruskin University.