A Love for Learning

Last November I attended a day-long training with Drs. C. Alexander and Annellen M. Simpkins on “Neuroscience for Clinicians: Mind-Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Moods and Substance Abuse.” board-812129_960_720What a fun dynamic team of psychologists they were! As you can imagine, each of those subtopics could have been its own full day of learning, but the overview was powerful none-the-less. I have an odd relationship with neuroscience. I LOVE it. It fascinates me to no end and I have no desire to be a neuropsychologist. I want to know it, but not do it.

This seminar reminded of things I have forgotten and I also discovered many new bits of information. Below are a few of the highlights and if you want more of the Simpkin duo, they can be found on Facebook or check out their many published books or online videos.

• Despite the understanding that certain parts of the brain are responsible for certain functions, there are various pieces of the brain that play a part in movement. Movement of the body is found all through the brain. This is important, because as we talk about psychotherapy and “moving through” difficult emotions, the physical act of movement can be a powerful tool to incorporate for both feeling and regulating.

• When people are in depression, their brain does no interpret anger and fear correctly . . . they perceive it more frequently than it is.

• Therapists have more mirror neurons than the average population! That makes sense, but it more evidence that experiences (and practiced skills) literally change the brain. Wait, some of you might be asking what is a mirror neuron. A mirror neuron fires when a person is observing an act. So, let’s say you’re eating an orange and the act along with all of the sensory input causes neurons to fire in your brain. Well, upon observing you, I will have neurons firing in my brain as if I were eating an orange! Pretty wild, huh? For more on mirror neurons look here.


What do you want to learn more about in the world? Might a new step this month be to attend a seminar, find an informative blog, or pick-up a new non-fiction book?

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Karin Lawson

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