brainways training program:
Lecture series: Brain conditioning
- Introduction – the brain’s activity channels. Introducing key concepts: brain plasticity, ‘Top-down’ vs. ‘Bottom-up’, applications for concentration.
- Emotion, mood and behaviour – their location and the way they operate, and practical tools for their improvement.
- Brain and motion. The brain’s motion areas and the types of movement that enable comprehensive improvement in all brain functions.
- Brain of flesh and blood. The brain will be ‘broken down’ into its core components – the nerve cells, and the ‘supplies’ they require to function properly. Key knowledge of important nutritional principles will be applied to the context of brain function.
- The neural networks for memory, intuition, coding, storing and accessing will be described, applying existing knowledge and providing exercises for enhancing memory.
- Sleep and dreaming. Describing current knowledge on sleep and dreaming, as well as optimal sleep and its essential role in physical and mental health.
- Personal and spatial orientation. Discussing the neural pathways related to navigation, body perception, empathy and personality, and how increased understanding of these function can assist their improvement. Basic tools for this purpose will be provided.
- Hypnosis, guided imagery, meditation, biofeedback, the placebo effect, and science. The thread connecting all these therapeutic approaches will be described, providing an explanation of their effectiveness through demonstrations and examples.
Lecture series: Hidden intelligence
- Real memories, simulated memories, and forgetfulness. To optimise our chances of survival and procreation, the brain allows us to forget, as well as to ‘remember’ things that have never occurred. This lecture provides an in depth discussion of this issue, using findings from fMRI research conducted by the Weizmann Institute.
- Conflict management in the human brain. The brain’s sub-cortical area is teeming with activity driven by evolutionary impulses designed to preserve life. These impulses often conflict with the behavioural codes of modern Western society. How does the suppression of impulses occur in the cortex? What happens when cortical activity is disrupted? What differentiates men from women in this context? The lecture will address these questions, using recent scientific research.
- Body, mind and everything in between. It is already known today that Descartes was wrong when he determined that the body and the mind are disconnected. This lecture will show the way in which the body affects the mind and the mind affects the body, using a variety of research-based examples that have a direct application in our day-to-day life.
- Pleasure, obsession and addiction. What makes us feel pleasure? When does the search for pleasure become an obsession? Why does pleasure eventually dissipate, leaving only the obsession for satisfying an urge? Much of brain research today is dedicated to the investigation of addiction, naturally in order to minimise this phenomenon. The lecture will explain the reasons the brain falls into this ‘honey trap’, and what can be done to prevent this.
- “I think, there for I am”. Is that so? There is no doubt that cortical thought is unique to humans. This lecture will explain this thinking in neural terms, and its uniqueness in humans. It will also cover situations in which this type of thinking breaks down, exposing us to the abyss of psychosis.
- The learning brain – from social to individual learning. The concept of ‘learning’ has gone through a true revolution over the past few years. This lecture will cover ‘hot topics’ in brain research, such as experiential learning, emotional learning, and the principle of cultural influence over brain development. It will introduce the neural pathways related to learning, and the brain control systems that can improve the pace, depth and breadth of learning.
- Brain and nutrition. The importance of nutrition has been emphasised repeatedly. This lecture will discuss the importance of correct nutrition, describing the senses connected with the nutritional experience: sight, taste, smell and touch. Each sense will be explained and its contribution to the nutrition experience will be described. The lecture should enable improvement to the experience of nutrition, as a condition to a healthier and more balanced diet.
- Attention and concentration functions in a frenetic world. Over the past few years, attention deficit disorders and become increasingly common. This lecture will provide in-depth information on the functions of attention and concentration, the way in which they are expressed in the brain, and the differences between them. So what happens to attention and concentration in an environment full of stimulation? And what is the role of meditation in this context?
Lecture series: Brain and mind
- The deceptions of the mind. We will get to know the human mind and see why and how the brain dictates the reality we experience from the world around us.
- Sanity and insanity in the Western world. Who is ‘normal’? How can sanity be measured? And how does collective wisdom relate to this?
- Psychosis: mental chaos incarnate. We will understand the characteristics of the psychotic state, the way in which it can be diagnosed, and why there is cause for optimism after all.
- Correct mood and disturbed mood. The emotional world is a constant companion that is with us in each and every moment. Sometimes, this companion is not in ‘peak form’. How is this expressed in real terms? And what can we do about it?
- Fear, anxiety or curiosity – the choice is ours. The brain how its own defence mechanisms in order to guarantee our survival; fear and anxiety are among these. The problem starts when these mechanisms are too easily triggered. What does this mean, and how can we ‘turn lemons into lemonade’ or in this case, anxiety into curiosity?
- The autistic spectrum. Recent discoveries have been made in the field of brain research regarding this condition and the ways it can be tackled. Over the past few years there has been a marked increase in the proportion of children being diagnosed with a condition on the autistic spectrum. The lecture will cover the various aspects of autism, present possible reasons for this increase, and provide an overview of current methods of dealing with autism.
- Developing a flexible personality in a rigid world. Personality is the result of brain activity that combines cognitive and motoric functions. We will note the importance of personality flexibility, and the problems that emerge from an inability to change when interacting with a rigid environment.
- Eating disorders. Of eating, and eating disorders. What happens when eating ceases to serve the body, and begins to serve the ego? How are eating disorders characterised, and why is it so difficult to help those who have an eating disorder? Brain research provides new understanding about these disorders, and how they can be overcome.
- The ‘strange’ world of people with dissociative disorders. A, age 48, boarded a train and fell asleep on the way. When she woke up, she could not remember her past, her name, address or any other details. This is not a scene from a movie, but one example of many of a type of dissociative disorder. We will get to know the brain activity that is thought to be connected with such situations, and how persons suffering from the condition can be assisted.
- The ‘basket’ of treatments for a healthy mind. Brain research findings support a treatment approach that combines social, psychological and biological assistance to preserve and improve the function of the mind. The reason is that each of these treatments can alter the structure of the brain, thereby improving mental health.
Lecture series: Technology in the service of the brain
- From the ‘technological revolution’ to the ‘brain research revolution’. Outlines the technological developments that have enabled a breakthrough in understanding the way in which the brain operates.
- The brain improvement ‘toolbox’. Outlines the way in which advanced technology is harnessed to improve brain functions such as memory, learning, emotional functions, etc.
- Technology that ‘corrects’ the brain. Describes the way in which technology developments made over the past few years enable the identification and even treatment of conditions once thought to be permanent (paralysis, lack of balance, etc).
- From ‘neural network’ to ‘social network’. The exposure of the way in which the brain works enables the creation of advanced technology. This lecture outlines the way in which hi-tech firms recruit scientists from the field of brain research to incorporate their knowledge into private business.
- Accessible technology for improving concentration and memory. The world of ‘applications’ enables significant improvement in brain function. This lecture will focus on improving concentration and memory.
- Brain and technology – what does the future hold? Telepathy, collective consciousness, telekinesis, memory implantation, personality replacement, etc… What does the future hold based on what we know today? This lecture will outline the significance, consequences, and many, many questions.