Let’s do a little educational N€uro brain cracking 🙂
(the magic of our brain complexity)
Broadcasted by: HypnoticThoughts
Hypnotist Paul Ramsay
Paul Ramsay is a board certified hypnotist in private practice, hypnotizes over 1500 people per year, and tours as a stage hypnotist. For over 10 years, Paul Ramsay has been entertaining college and high school students as a stage hypnotist. In 2011, Paul introduced his exclusive interactive show called Mind Games. Paul’s video series Hypnotic shows a day in the life of a traveling stage hypnotist. Paul’s private practice is dedicated to helping individuals stop negative habits such as smoking, fingernail biting, and overeating. Ramsay’s private practice also offers customized, individual personal coaching programs to help his clients achieve their goals and maximize their potential. www.PaulRamsay.com
Cognitive Neuroscientist Manuel Saint-Victor
M.D. Dr. Saint-Victor is Chief Neuroscientist at Mindful360, which he co-founded. Dr. Saint-Victor is focused on using a non-pathological approach to helping people get better by becoming more self-aware of their strengths and resources. Dr. Saint-Victor trained under Dr. Eva Ritvo, M.D. and Dr. Ray Ownby, M.D., MBA, Ph.D. as a Psychiatry Resident at Jackson Memorial Hospital; attended Medical School at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine; and conducted cognitive neuroscience research under the supervision of Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D. as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Dr. Saint-Victor’s white paper about Core Value Alignment will be released in July 2014.
What is the Amygdala? What Does it Do?
The amygdala, part of the brain’s limbic system, is the integration site of emotional learning. It sits in front of and connected to your hippocampus (the seat of episodic and autobiographical memory). Although you often hear it associated with fear, the amygdala is also involved in pleasurable emotions. If you’re experiencing intense emotions you can bet that your amygdala is active. Without it you would have what’s called a flat affect. You would not make the connections between dangerous signs or social situations and the anxiety that motivates you to act.
What is the Pre-Frontal Cortex?
The Prefrontal Cortex is the site of executive function, social functioning, decision-making. The cortex, which means “bark” in latin is where you represent the value of decisions. You represent your goal-directed behaviors and impulse control here.
What is the Hippocampus?
The hippocampus, named for its seahorse-like shape, is the site of episodic and autobiographical memory. Memories with “What, where, when” components are woven into narrative form thanks to the hippocampus. It also manages spatial navigation and combines previous memories with new events to create novel precepts.
What is the Insular Cortex?
The insula is the site of integration of the signals from the rest of your body systems. We often refer to this sense as interoception. Think of it as your Spidey sense.
In that way, the insula is the seat of consciousness, your sense of self, managing homeostasis (your internal chemical, temperature, immune and emotional balance). It also calculates your social emotions based on your body sensations. Next time you have a gut feeling about someone or you get goosebumps during a scary scene to go with the chills down your back…thank your Insula.
What is the Anterior Cingulate Cortex?
The anterior cingulate cortex is the place in your brain that monitors errors, surprises, and violated expectations. It fires off when you do something as simple as write a sentence that you disagree with. It’s not your moral center of your brain. It just manages expectations in a way. It’s simplest to think of it as the alert function in your brain. When it’s time to divert your attention and bring something into conscious awareness, that’s your ACC at work. In labs we would watch for findings in the event-related potential(ERP) like Error-related negativity.