Move Your Body, Bolster Your Brain

A single, moderate workout may immediately change how our brains function and how well we recognize common names and similar information, according to a promising new study of exercise, memory and aging....

How Exercise May Sharpen Memory

A hormone that is released during exercise may improve brain health and lessen the damage and memory loss that occur during dementia, a new study finds.

Positive Effects of Kangaroo Care for Preemies

An Israeli study by neuroscientist Ruth Feldman and her team, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, shows that premature babies who are cuddled, sleep better, have greater affective attention, steadier breathing, and more regular heart rates. Every mammal...

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SRT Advanced Level Training Application

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The Use of Mental Imagery Reduces PTSD in Abuse Survivors

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse commonly report lingering feelings of being contaminated. This effect can lead to problems with self-esteem and body image, relationship trouble, and behavioral issues such as obsessive washing. Now a study in the January 2012 issue...

Exercise Benefits Brain Health

Scientific evidence shows that physical exercise helps you build a brain that not only resists shrinkage, but increases cognitive abilities. Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing neurogenesis (production of new brain cells),...

OCD Linked to Strep

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has launched a study to see whether Streptococcus bacteria, which cause strep throat, may also be responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children. While many tend to assume that there is no control over...

Brain scans

Brain scans show that in action and imagination many of the same parts of the brain are activated. That is why visualizing can improve performance.


Studies have demonstrated that experience can change the level of defensiveness and the strength of neurotransmission between the amygdala and the hypothalamus, pathways important to the learning and regulation of fear.

Early exposure

Early exposure to dissociative experiences makes one more susceptible to experience later dissociative states, often potentiated with less activation because the neural circuits have been laid down.

Opiod system

Dissociation has its roots in the brain’s opiod system which secretes endorphins to blunt strong painful feelings. Opiods are the body’s narcotics and act to numb feelings, along with which people feel a sense of depersonalization and derealization.


High level stimulation of the amygdala interferes with hippocampal functioning. This suggests that intense emotion may inhibit the proper evaluation of past experience.


Learning to put a traumatic experience into words does not extinguish the occurrence of flashbacks- a notion in many cognitive treatments.


The nature of traumatic memory is to be dissociated and to be stored as sensory fragments that have no words. Joseph Ledoux


Unless one is a neuropsychologist, it is usually not a good thing to be mentioned in the neuropsychological literature. Jim Grigsby


The nucleus accumbens serves as an integration center that takes in information from the ventral tegmental area, amygdala, limbic system and olfactory cortex. It is uniquely situated between the limbic system (responsible for emotional experience) and the motor cortex...

Kindling Quenching

Kindling and Quenching: Kindling is the increased activation in brain structure, such as the amygdala as a result of repeated stimulation without discharge. A kindled amygdala becomes sensitized and takes less activation to fire. Quenching is the process whereby the...


The brain only allows itself to feel pain a little at a time. The degree to which an infant’s brain is developed will determine it’s capacity for painful, overwhelming experiences in the future.


Because an infant’s ability to complete this circuit is not developed, the mother’s nervous system provides a template for which the infant’s nervous system may develop. Without this the infant’s nervous system will develop differently, and the child/adult will always...

Loved child

A loved child actually has a different brain than an unloved child. Love produces an abundance of serotonin which soothes and reduces pain.


An environment which first soothes, validates and confirms, then stimulates, challenges and encourages appears to be the basis for an infant’s optimal development to occur.


The brain organizes in a use-dependent fashion: the more a neural circuit is activated the more it will be apt to be activated.

Overwhelming events

Significant overwhelming events at anytime during one’s life can result in neurophysiological changes that alter the way a person operates in the world and relates to others.


Self-regulation is an innate capacity we share with animals to flexibly respond to novelty or threat and return to homeostasis.

Physical symptoms

Physical symptoms of dysregulation include insomnia, asthma, allergies, migraines, tinnitis, hyperacousis, photophobia, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal difficulties, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction,...


Dysregulation is the inability to self-regulate which shows itself in many disorders including addictions, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, phobias, psychotic disorders, alexithymia, and personality disorders.


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