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Super brain summit: 13 fascinating brain facts

Date: May 9, 2016

The live portion of the Super Brain Summit is complete. The recorded lectures are now available through May 20, 2016. Register online to watch all the lectures and earn your CEUs.

Here are 13 unique and fascinating ideas learned from the lectures:

  1. Dr. Leslie Sherlin spoke about peak performance and suggested that we are all performers all the time. Learning how to calm the over-aroused parts of ourselves is essential to performing at our optimal levels.
  2. Dr. Allen Ivey discussed seven valuable therapeutic lifestyle changes that every person needs to incorporate into daily living. One example he noted was the importance of daily exercise, citing that exercise may stop up to 30 percent of cancers.
  3. Dr. John Ratey’s research illustrated how exercise regulates our emotions and optimizes the brain’s capacity for learning. One minute of your daily exercise needs to be high-intensity interval training to improve the microenvironments at a cellular level. Exercise enhances neuroplasticity and new neuronal growth.
  4. Dr. Laura Jones lectured about the influence of sex hormones on neurophysiological functioning and mental health. An incredible statistic about trauma and gender was that females are twice as likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men.
  5. Dr. Matthew Bambling from Australia lectured on treatment resistant depression. His research on nutraceuticals to enhance treatments was hopeful and fascinating. One suggestion was to include the natural compound of SAMe to help with inflammation and depression. He also suggested that we all could benefit from eating more yogurt to help our microbiome.
  6. Dr. Oscar Goncalves from Portugal described his research on the obsessive compulsive brain. His brain imaging scans illustrated how the obsessive compulsive brain has structural and functional abnormalities in both the white and gray matter. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment needs to focus on difficulties with cognitive flexibility.
  7. Dr. Ted Chapin highlighted the many techniques and skills that each person could practice for better emotional and physiological self-regulation. One example he gave was establishing better sleep hygiene of eight to nine hours of sleep each night, which allows the microglial cells to rid the brain of toxins.
  8. Physicist Douglas Dailey discussed our need for understanding life complexities especially in the areas of energy, mind and flow. Complexity evolves when differing systems come together. Sickness occurs when the complexity and flow diminishes.
  9. Dr. Stephen Porges emphasized that species survive through collaborative connectedness with face-to-face bonding and interactions. Therefore, put away your i-technologies or at least limit their usage. One statistic he shared suggested that 25 percent of young adults are texting during sex. We must do more neuroexercises that involve social bonding and engagement to create a safe environment.
  10. Professor Ana Lilia Villafuertes Montiel from Mexico took us through an art history journey from the beginning of art/sculpture to modern day. The pictures illustrated how art is a universal language, helps with harmony and life balance and shares cultural knowledge. The art depicted higher-level thinking as the brain evolved over time.
  11. Dr. Thom Field discussed how emotional memory from early childhood impacts our adult relationships. Often under stress and trauma, glutathiones or glucocortisoid genes, the body’s master antioxidants, are harmed. This damage, too, impacts our attachments styles. We tend to continue to seek pre-conscious patterns from early childhood. Counseling can often repair and develop a secondary attachment relationship.
  12. Dr. Frank Bourke shared his research with the Recall of Traumatic Memories reimaging technique. His team published a 2016 article in the Journal of Military, Veterans and Family Health describing a pilot study with male veterans that removed 90 percent of PTSD symptoms in less than five hours and without drugs.
  13. Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin discussed a pilot study with children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using neurofeedback and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Results showed improvements of SMR amplitudes and activation of the default mode network after neurofeedback treatment.

The Super Brain Summit website is still open for registration; viewers may go to bradley.edu/superbrainsummit for details on this event, including the speaker’s topics and bios, as well as to register. Watch for details about next year’s Super Brain Summit, too.

Are you interested in learning more about the many wonders of the brain? Bradley University offers a Master’s in Counseling Online. Continue your exploration of the brain and dive into neurocounseling.

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