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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy on EEG and Neurotransmitters Levels among the Students Having Higher Levels of Test Anxiety

Published Date : 05-Dec-2014

Abstract

The primary goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to identify and modify thoughts, feelings, and behavior that interfere with a desired outcome in life. Treatment may begin by addressing readiness issues or treatment interfering behaviors. New learning and planned steps to accomplish desired behavior change are developed with the students. Test anxiety management skills and behavioral skills are key components of treatment. With all these ideas in mind investigator had applied CBT to the sample. Primary aim of this investigation was to identify the impact of cognitive behavior therapy on Electro Encephalo Gram wave pattern of their brain and blood neurotransmitter levels of the students having higher levels of test anxiety. Higher secondary students are facing higher levels of test anxiety in INDIA, because higher secondary education is deciding their career life. Spielberger's Test anxiety questionnaire was given to the 200 higher secondary students.100 students with higher levels of test anxiety were selected and 50 students were treated as control students and 50 were treated for experimental study. Out of which 25 girls (mean age of 16.85±0.75) and 25 boys (mean age of 17.85±0.9) having higher levels of anxiety was chosen the study. Blood samples were drawn and sent to Ranbaxy laboratory for bio chemical estimation Electro Encephalo Gram recordings were done in neuro physician's clinic. Electro Encephalo Gram wave pattern, dopamine and acetylcholine levels of these students were measured before applying cognitive behavior therapy. Students were also photographed at the beginning of the experiment. These scores were recorded as pre test scores. Then the students were regularly given cognitive behavior therapy for about 6 weeks. Then their Electro Encephalo Gram wave pattern in the brain, dopamine and acetylcholine level of these students in the blood were estimated and recorded as Post Test scores. Critical Ratio, Correlation Coefficient and T test were the statistical techniques applied to analyze the pre test and post scores of the sample.