Brain Plasticity” – The Medical Case of Jody Miller

“Are rich people happy?” According to many of the top scientists in the field, they would tend to say “no.” “The Debate: Happiness and the Brain” is a panel discussion that provides an excellent introduction to this multidisciplinary research field that really took off in the 1990s with the advent of supercomputer-based data acquisition, imaging (e.g. changes in brain’s electromagnet field) and analysis technology able to capture detailed, real-time physiological mappings of correlating changes in human mental and emotional activity. Notice the comments of Jordan Peterson regarding the role of artistic creation in cognitive behavioural skill acquisition (time point 29:39). Please pause now and review this Canadian broadcast.

Next, here’s an interview for your review that was recorded with Dr. Richie Davidson, the director of the new Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison that goes a bit further.

Episode 10: Happy, Healthy Minds.”

Now the following is a short but interesting interview of one of the brain research subjects of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin who participated in the studies during 2002 (video interview date: May 24, 2010). It’s unusual to hear from brain research subjects themselves so be sure to check out the following video as it presents the non-pathological side of medical research.

Scientific Research and the Benefits of Meditation” (July 8, 2008)

Dr. Antoine Lutz, PhD, a collaborator with Dr. Davidson from the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior in Madison, WI will be in panel discussions on this topic here in Portland, OR tomorrow if you have interest and would like to attend.

At this point, I’m going to pause, open the floor for questions on the material introduced so far and you are welcome to leave questions. I probably won’t be able to respond until later in the day as I will be attending Dr. Lutz’s panels.

Acknowledgement: This post is dedicated to Nahant.