News of Brain Research

Our repository of memories may be less like a library and more like Wikipedia

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News from The Dana Foundation’s Brain In The News. You can easily subscribe to this by going to www.dana.org. Here are some highlights.

The article “Why Are Our Brains So Big” tells us that although our brain is 2% of our body weight it siphons off 20% of total calorie intake!! Think about the implications here for brain-healthy nutrtion.

In The Article “How Are Memories Retrieved?”, we learn that the neural signature of a memory retrieval looks like the neural signature of the actual experience. And…that research is pointing to a more malleable memory sytsem in which retrieval presents and opportunity to UPDATE OLD MEMORIES IN LIGHT OF NEW EXPERIENCE. This correlates with my experience of how clients change an unhelpful story into a helpful retelling of the same event with EMDR and Brainspotting, “Our repository of memories may be less like a library and more like Wikpedia, where each entry is open to editiing anytime it’s pulled up.” Think about the implications of this finding for yourself and your memories of traumatic events.

Some sites to check out: The National Institute on Aging,
The Stanford Center on Longevity, The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA).

New Workshops under design: Creativity and Aging: Dreams Deferred, Dreams Preferred ¬†proposed to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.

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Ellen J. Shabshai Fox, LISW Creativity Detective EMDR & Brainspotting; Individuals, Couples, Families

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