Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 21, Iss. 4, October, 2017, pp. 519-553
@2017 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Applying the Neurodynamics of Emotional Circular Causalities in Psychosocial and Cognitive Therapy using Multi-Sensory Environments: An ORBDE Case Study Analysis

Janice Ryan, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Abstract: This exploratory, evidence-based practice research study focuses on presenting a plausible mesoscopic brain dynamics hypothesis for the benefits of treating clients with psychosocial and cognitive challenges using a mindful therapeutic approach and multi-sensory environments. After an extensive neuroscientific review of the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness, a multi-sensory environment is presented as a window of therapeutic opportunity to more quickly and efficiently facilitate the neurobiological experience of becoming more mindful or conscious of self and environment. The complementary relationship between the default mode network and the executive attention network is offered as a neurobiological hypothesis that could explain positive occupational engagement pattern shifts in a case study video of a hospice client with advanced dementia during multi-sensory environment treatment. Orbital Decomposition is used for a video analysis that shows a significant behavioral pattern shift consistent with dampening of the perceptual system attractors that contribute to negative emotional circular causalities in a variety of client populations. This treatment approach may also prove to be valuable for any person who has developed circular causalities due to feelings of isolation, victimization, or abuse. A case is made for broader applications of this intervention that may positively influence perception during the information transfer and processing of hippocampal learning. Future research is called for to determine if positive affective, interpersonal, and occupational engagement pattern shifts during treatment are related to the improved default mode network-executive attention network synchrony characteristic of increased mindfulness.

Keywords: mesoscopic brain dynamics, circular causalities, perception, attention, meaning