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VIDEO: Building Inner Strength with Brain Science

Cultivating Positivity and Virtue in Yourself and Your Clients

Rick Hanson

Weaving together insights from evolutionary biology, modern neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness practices, neuropsychologist Rick Hanson claims the difficulty at the core of human experience is our perpetual struggle to overcome the negativity bias wired into our brains. Here, he explains how understanding the brain can help therapists and their clients grow inner strengths.

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VIDEO: Changing the Brain to Take In the Good

Rick Hanson on 5 Simple Steps to Use Right Away

Rick Hanson

Our brains are very good at learning from the negative—that's what helped our distant ancestors learn what to avoid of they wanted to stay alive. But it interferes with our lives today when we react to stressful situations as if they were life and death. They're usually not.In this brief clip, Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness, walks us through surprisingly simple steps that can shift our memory systems to internalize positive experiences and states with equal efficiency.

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Applying Attachment Theory in Schools

An Interview with Lou Cozolino

Ryan Howes

Pepperdine professor-psychotherapist Lou Cozolino believes that the key to improving our schools is learning how to incorporate an understanding of attachment theory and social neuroscience into our educational system. Throughout his career, he’s devoted himself to bridging the world of academic research with the realm of practical applications.

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Talk Therapy is More Than Talk

How to Grow into Change

Norman Doidge

Norman Doidge is a psychiatrist and author of The Brain That Changes Itself, a New York Times bestseller that describes the brain’s astonishing capacity for change. In this excerpt from his the Networker Webcast series Why Brain Science Matters, Norman explains the real-life, practical therapeutic implications for psychotherapy.

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How to Become a Lifelong Learner

Today’s Video: The Principles of Neuroplasticity

Rich Simon

According to Michael Gelb, a world-renowned speaker on innovative approaches to enhanced learning and author of How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, the key to being a lifelong learner is harnessing the power of neuroplasticity—the ability to make our minds adaptable—by seeking change and exercising the brain. The first step, Michael says, is understanding the relationship between attitude and outcome.

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Neuroplasticity Isn’t Always for the Best

Why Therapists Should Know about the Plastic Paradox

Rich Simon

Norman Doidge has spent the last 14 years exploring how to integrate recent discoveries in brain science into psychotherapeutic practice. He believes that while the brain has an astonishing capacity for change, brain plasticity doesn’t always work out for the best.

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Can Video Games Make Us Smarter?

A Look at the Effectiveness of Computerized Brain Games

Tori Rodriguez

The solution to cognitive impairment or decline may lie with a concept that’s garnered increased attention—and skepticism—in recent years: computerized brain games.

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Creating Antidote Experiences in Therapy

How to Turn Positive Mental States into Enduring Traits

Rich Simon

Rick Hanson challenges psychotherapy’s focus on all the pain, trauma, and suffering that are so endemic to our human species. His clinical premise is that we therapists are too drawn to exploring the deep muddy of whatever psychic mess clients bring in.

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Creating Lasting Change with Brain Science

A Mindful Approach With Couples

Brent Atkinson

Over the years, I’ve come to recognize that there’s no one-shot, magic-bullet approach to retraining the human brain. Instead, I’ve developed a process that systematically combines what we know about the power of the emotional brain, the particular strengths of the rational mind, the mechanics of mindfulness meditation, and the brain’s impressive flexibility to help clients learn to calm their nervous systems and navigate their lives more effectively.

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Understand Brain Science Without Being a Neuroscientist

Interviews with Norman Doidge and Stephen Porges

Mary Sykes Wylie

How can therapists acquire the knowledge of how the brain works without becoming brain scientists themselves? Even more pressing, what real-life practical therapeutic implications, if any, can truly be drawn from neuroscience?

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