Revolutionary research in neuroscience and functional genomics documents show how experiences of novelty, environmental enrichment, and exercise (both mental and physical) can optimize gene expression, brain plasticity, healing and life extension in dreams, meditation and spiritual rituals. In this workshop, we will experience the four-stage creative cycle in ourselves and in others.
The Mind-Body Healing Experience (MHE) is a standardized approach to therapeutic hypnosis by facilitating gene expression that has been documented in peer-reviewed clinical research since 2008. Beginners use it as an easy way to bypass resistance in people who wish to solve their own problems privately in their own way.
EP13 Dialogue 10 – Love, Brain and Mind – Diane Ackerman, PhD and Daniel Siegel, MD
Moderator: Annellen Simpkins, PhD
Given a topic, describe the differing approaches to psychotherapy, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
In this invited address, the emerging science of the adolescent period will be explored to reveal that the essence of this important time of life is actually the source of vitality throughout the lifespan. Reframing this view of our teen years and beyond can help shape how adolescents and adult approach this challenging period of growth. Adolescents and adults can benefit from this new, scientifically-informed perspective on this courageous and creative period of our individual and collective lives.
By not looking at brain function in complex psychiatric cases, physicians often miss important information, which leads to erroneous diagnoses and missed opportunities for effective treatment. This lecture will explore how using functional brain imaging tools improves diagnoses and opens a new world of understanding and hope for many patients.
Ms. Ackerman will be speaking about love in a time of illness, something she has lived with for many years, and has written about in her most recent book, One Hundred Names for Love. One day, Ackerman’s 74-year-old husband, a gifted author and professor, suffered a savage stroke. When he regained awareness he was afflicted with “global aphasia”—total loss of language—and could utter only a single syllable: “mem.” The standard therapies yielded only frustration. Diane soon found, however, that by harnessing their deep knowledge of each other, and her understanding of language and the brain, she could guide Paul back to the world of words.
Prevalent views of higher brain functions are based on the notions of computation and information processing. Various lines of evidence appear to be incompatible with this position and suggest instead that the brain operates according to a set of selectional principles. A theory addressing these principles, called Neural Darwinism, will be discussed. This theory has a direct bearing on our understanding of the neural basis of consciousness, a key issue in psychotherapy.
Theory, research and practice of facilitating the RNA/DNA dynamics of creating consciousness here and now is hypothesized as the next step in the evolution of psychotherapy. A live group demonstration of how to facilitate gene expression and brain plasticity by optimizing the 4-stage creative process will be experienced by everyone.
We will examine how neuroscience research has elucidated how, in the course of development, children learn to regulate their arousal systems and to focus on what is most relevant. We then will examine how trauma, abuse and neglect derail these processes and affect brain development. Since traumatic imprints are stored in subcortical brain areas and are largely divorced from verbal recall, a central focus needs to be to the somatic experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects.
Based on the world's largest database of brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans, Dr. Amen will teach attendees about brain SPECT imaging and then show 50 cases in 60 minutes, including cases of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and dementia.