Periodically, we share what we’re reading, watching and listening to. This is our Summer 2018 list:
1. Australian Childhood Foundation Conference talk (50 minutes): The Neurobiology of Safety – New Technology that Brings the Polyvagal Theory into Therapy with Traumatized Children
This year’s conference (7/29-8/3/2018) focused on “Therapeutic interventions that work in the face of relational and complex trauma.” In their presentation, Joanne Holmes and Chris Cussen discuss Polyvagal Theory the use of the Safe and Sound Protocol with traumatized children.
2. TED Talk (13 minutes): Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki on The brain-changing benefits of exercise
What’s the most important change you can make to improve your brain health? Exercise.
3. Brainpickings article (20 minutes): Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets that Shape our Lives
Have you been turned on to Brainpickings? It’s a weekly newsletter/blog on topics both timeless and timely curated by Maria Popova who reads widely, thinks deeply and articulately shares her learning and insights. This article synopsizes the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck. It’s an important book that highlights the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. Encouraging the latter as a teacher, therapist or parent can help a child grow and stretch themselves in ways that can affect their behavior, relationships and even their capacity for happiness.
4. FastCompany article (3 minutes): Your Brain Has a Delete Button – Here’s How to Use It
Synaptic pruning is as important to learning as making new neural connections. Here’s an article – video included! – to tell you how it works. Hint: napping and sleeping will help.
5. Nautilus Article (8 minutes. But since time is malleable and subjective, as this article describes, it may differ for you.): What Time Feels Like When We’re Improvising
When we are in a “flow state” – that is, when we are completely immersed in an activity – our sense of time is altered. Read the article here.
6. Summary of Promising New Research on Alzheimer’s Disease
This summer has been an encouraging one for the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease:
- First, this research was revealed in early June:
NPR Story (3 minutes): Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer’s Disease
- Then, later that month, optimistic results from a new Alzheimer’s drug trial were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual meeting:
Time Magazine article (4 minutes): New Drug Shows Promise in Early Studies to Treat Alzheimer’s
- And in mid-July, a panel at the Aspen Brain Lab presented their ideas for The End of Alzheimer’s. While lengthy, if you care about Alzheimer’s prevention and even reversal, you’ll want to spend the time watching. Four experts share their research, opinions, and projections for reducing the burden of the disease. Aspen Brain Lab Presentations (2 hours, 13 minutes) Begin video at 4:07: A Deep Dive into the End of Alzheimer’s
Read and watch in good health. And may time stretch out for you to extend the pleasures of summer.