Myth-watch: neurothalamology

This weekend I saw this tweet:

So there is a company, Learning JBE (aka Just became easy), with a new approach: neurothalamology.

Neurothalamology is the ability to noninvasively alter the workload of the thalamus, producing an opportunity for learning within the brain.

The thalamus is the part of the brain that acts as the gateway between the cerebral cortex and the sensory signals being received or  stimulated within the body.

Being able to alter the workload of the thalamus, is like being able to take away the white noise and focus on the important information to help us learn.

There are many ways of altering the workload of the thalamus – simply closing your eyes would make a difference – it’s just not as useful to learning as Neurothalamology.

We have created a new technique that makes re-learning and new learning truly accessible and effective.  With our approach, we are able provide the same information in a neurologically novel way. Novelty provides learning opportunities; new information will be processed to create new neural pathways with new synapses connections.

Our new technique uses a patented visual feedback approach.  With simple guided instructions we’re delivering solutions with patients affected by stroke, Parkinson’s, brain injury, arthritis and pain. We are also teaching mindfulness and relaxation techniques to proactively remove tension and stress from your mind and body.

If you look for Neurothalamology in Google Scholar you won’t find anything. You can’t find any research on their website, and while they refer to their Facebook timeline for scientific videos, nothing their supports any of their claims. But still their new technique can be a solution for quite a lot of different problems. I have 2 words – I guess – Yeah, right…

Casper asked me in a reply if we now can claim something like Neurohypothalamology?

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