Monthly Archives: February 2012

Webcam 101 for Seniors: funny seniors using webcam for the first time

Brain Computer Interfaces: BCI Technology

Nervous System Sliding Puzzle game

Brain Jigsaw Puzzle Game 2

February 20, 2012

Brain Jigsaw Puzzle Game

Brain Jigsaw Puzzle game: online Jigsaw Puzzle game

The Brain-Mind-Wellness is a UCLA Summer Institute facilitated by the Center for East-West Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Tennenbaum Family Center for the Biology of Creativity, David Geffen School of Medicine.

The Brain-Mind-Wellness at UCLA Summer Institute engages students in Mindfulness Practice and Theory, Personal Brain Management, Integrative East-West Medicine for Health and Wellness. This series of courses and experiences are focused on bridging multiple disciplines to understand the links among brain, mind and wellness. The courses emphasize both the scientific foundations and practical applications of methods that aim to enhance health, well-being, and creativity.

Mindfulness practice is one of the best-validated and practical methods by which the brain can modify its own functioning in a positive way. BMW Summer Institute students will learn not only the practices but also the theoretical background behind mindfulness practices in the Mindfulness Practice and Theory (MPT) course. Then the neuroscientific bases of these exciting practices will be examined further in the course Personal Brain Management (PBM); the PBM course will also survey research on mindfulness and how it effects brain structure, functions and neuroplasticity. The core mindfulness practices are taught in a secular way in the MPT course, yet these practices derive from ancient methods that were cultivated and refined in Asian religious, philosophical, and medical systems. The core principles of traditional Chinese medicine that are linked to mindfulness practices will be reviewed in the companion course Integrative East/West Medicine (IEWM).

For registration and more information: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/BrainMindWellness/overview.htm

The Emotional Life of Your Brain as summarized in the words of his author, Dr. Richard J. Davidson:

“This is my first book written for the general public (It was written with the wonderful help of Sharon Begley, an award-winning science journalist and author.) It was not without some trepidation that I undertook this project, but I’m really excited about its impending release. I also hope it will illuminate aspects of our experience that often remain unexamined.” The whole article is available on Dr. Richard J. Davidson’s blog: http://richardjdavidson.com/events/greetings-welcome-to-blog-2/

Richard J. Davidson will also participate to the United Nations High-Level Meeting “Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining A New Economic Paradigm”. (http://richardjdavidson.com/Events/united-nations-high-level-meeting-%E2%80%9Chappiness-and-wellbeing-defining-a-new-economic-paradigm%E2%80%9D-4/)

Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information about him are available on: http://richardjdavidson.com/biography/

A Time for Madness

Once more,
Love is pouring down my ceiling
and my walls.
Once more, it’s the night of the full moon,
it is time for madness.
All my immense knowledge
cannot help me now.
Once more,

Insomnia took my patience.
Rain washed away my intellect.
The Lover made me lose my profession.
What good is my work anyway?

Once more, rise, rise, rise,

Like the way a garden burns
in a hundred shades of orange in the fall,
a Lover’s heart shrivels for a sense of the Beloved’s touch.
Now the face of that charred garden
is my field of flowers.

Look, two hundred Jupiters
are dancing around my moon.

My Love business is booming,
but don’t credit the consultants.
I am done with the consultants
and the pundits,
they call you Jafar the imposter.
Little do they know,
that you are my Shams the Flyer.

Day 3 and it was my turn to be the counsellor in our quad. Just as well – I knew it was inevitable that I would eventually have to do it so I had a fairly restless sleep last night in anticipation of how I’d go putting our newly learnt skills into a practical, “real life” situation. All went well and my observer was very “gentle” and constructive in their feedback to me.

Lots of new things to think about and ruminate on in my learning, ongoing development and future application of these counselling skills, particularly when applied within the field of Art Therapy.

It was particularly interesting to ponder the values that underpin my world view and my view of the HUMAN CONDITION. This hit home, specifically when considering beliefs which a client might bring along in opposition to or in conflict with my own, and which would present as internal imbalance (bringing about a sense of “emotional and ethical labyrinthitis”) when walking the therapeutic pathway.

Here’s 10 points – thoughts, observations and quotes – that have resonated with me on Day 3:

“In the intial stages we’re really trying to use language all the time that shows the client we’re focussing on them”.
“All of what we say to our client is heard but not all that we say is necessarilly responded to”.
At times one needs to give an “invitation” to the client to say more…
Often the process of undergoing counselling is one of the few situations where one finds opportunity and receives permission to talk to one’s self about one’s self; to be heard and to hear; to think over and learn more about one’s self…
Active listening is a “dynamic process”
Counsellors are only in the client’s life for a “slice” of the client’s life. This “slice of life” may be seen in a range of situations, including “a slice”:
within the client’s overall history
within the regular day-to-day, week-to-week events of the client’s everyday life
within the overall whole experience of the client’s being and psychological development
within the myriad of influences having affect on the client at given point of time
Sometimes it is necessary to “take a walk around the landscape” (of what the client is presenting – the family; the situation; the feelings; etc)
Is it possible to capture or distill your own experiences in such a way that they can be offered to and taken up by the client, or is there no place for this in the person centred model?
When the client is metaphorically “stuck under a stormcloud” and can’t see their way out of the situation it’s not so much a matter of handing them an umbrella or pushing them into the sunshine or the protective shelter of a tree, as it is showing them that there is an umbrella, some sunshine, or a sheltering tree and allowing them to acknowledge that and decide which, if any, is the best place for them to be…
Sometimes it’s not a single issue that is causing the sense of being overwhelmed or drowning, so much as a whole conglomeration of issues that are overshadowing and making it pretty much impossible for one to know where to start “dealing” with the therapeutic process. It may be necessary to pick one to tackle in order to realise empowerment and progress within the situation. Even if it is only a small amount, it will be enough to start with.

Guest post courtesy of Colin Read, http://theponsinstitute.com

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