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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy

Tracing the Brain-To-Gut Connection

Using rabies virus injected into the stomach of rats, researchers trace the nerves back to the brain and find distinct ‘fight or flight’ and ‘rest and digest’ circuits. These results explain how mental states can affect the gut, and present new ways to treat gastrointestinal problems.

Reid Wilson on Anxiety

Reid Wilson has been an expert on anxiety and self-help for a long time now. His website has been established for many years and is the number one go-to place on the web for information and help with anxiety issues. We caught up with Reid to talk about...

Daryl Chow on getting better results

About Daryl Chow All I care about is to be of service. My work is guided by this principle. Specifically, be it for clients or professionals, I’m interested in helping people become better versions of themselves. I’m currently based in Western Australia, banded...

Deb Dana on connecting

Deb Dana has brought the Polyvagal Theory to life in a very accessible way for therapists. Today we catch up with Deb and talk about a number of things including the difficulties and opportunities of co-regulation over the internet in a time of lock down. See Deb...

Molecular switch plays crucial role in learning from negative experiences

Neurobiologists at KU Leuven have discovered how the signalling molecule Neuromedin U plays a crucial role in our learning process. The protein allows the brain to recall negative memories and, as such, learn from the past. The findings of their study on roundworms have been published in the journal Nature Communications.

The Emergence of the Social Brain

The more we’ve come to understand how our brains work, the more we’ve realized that significant portions are dedicated to connecting us with others.   Go to the download (members free) The brain has long been the subject of human fascination—this has never been as...

How the heart affects our perception

Brain and heart constantly communicate. For example, signals from the brain make sure that the heart beats faster when we encounter a dangerous situation. The heart slows down when we relax. Interestingly, vice versa – even though the underlying mechanisms are unclear, the heartbeat also affects the brain. It has now been identified by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig and Berlin School of Mind & Brain that two mechanisms underpinning how the heart influences our perception, the brain, and how these mechanisms differ between individuals.

Lou Cozolino and his pocket guide to neuroscience

  It's always a treat to have Lou on the show and to tap into his years of experience in the field and in his extensive research he does for his many books. Once again Lou Cozolino releases another book! This time it's the Pocket Guide to Neuroscience for...

Now we understand vision better because of mapped neural circuits found in the eye

The function of a special group of nerve cells which are found in the eye and which sense visual movement have been discovered by researchers from Aarhus University. A completely new understanding of how conscious sensory impressions occur in the brain has been acquired through the study. The development of targeted and specific forms of treatment in the future for diseases which impact the nervous system and its sensory apparatus, such as dementia and schizophrenia, needs this kind of insight.

Dreams, Synchrony, and Synchronicity

This excerpt taken from A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology - Bridging the Personal with the Transpersonal edited by Terry Marks-Tarlow, Yakov Shapiro, Katthe P. Wolf. Published by Cambridge Scholars. Reproduced with permission of the publisher. ...

The Science of Psychotherapy May 2020

In the month since writing my last editorial the world has experienced an almost unprecedented turmoil. The covid-19 virus has affected us all, as it infected millions. Sadly, many lives have been lost. It is hard to imagine this extent of loss of life. In my 66 years...

Robert Moss on treating chronic pain

  Dr Robert Moss is a clinical psychologist and researcher who's near 40 years of experience in the field has given him deep insight into the workings of the brain and especially in areas of memory and pain perception. Today we are going to talk to him about an...