Fatigue can be a very difficult and debilitating symptom to live with. It can have a big impact on day to day life, including how we engage with the world.
To manage fatigue, some people develop certain ways of processing information. For example, skim reading or predicting future energy levels. These are types of mental ‘short-cuts’ your brain makes. These ways of processing can be helpful, such as in helping you manage everyday tasks and planning to do activities when you are most able. However, by continually using these ‘short-cuts’ our brain gets used to following the same path and the ‘short-cuts’ can become automatic. So, rather than apply different ways of processing information, taking different paths- our brains become reliant on the same one. This can be unhelpful, for example when the situation changes, or an unexpected event occurs.
This research is designed to assess whether we can (1) change how the brain deals with or processes information and (2) whether training the brain in more flexible processing is helpful for people with fatigue.
To do this we are using a computer program which aims to train flexible information processing through repeated practice. If you would like to read more about this study, please click here.