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March 26, 2010

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Neuroplasticity

Blogging live from the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC…

Currently attending a workshop called Buddha’s Brain: Neuroscience by Rick Hanson. The message of the workshop highlights the relationship between mindfulness and brain structure.  Essentially, the neural networks in our brains are quite plastic and can be manipulated by specific mental activities.  By using ones mind in a particular way one can actually grow healthy neural networks, which in turn shifts the structure of how one uses the mind.  This has implications for how to use the mind to cultivate positive attitudes and beliefs.  Gotta love the neuroscience that supports the mind-emotion connection and the application in psychotherapy.

Stay tuned for more blog updates on the provocative topics here in DC ….

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