2017 Super Brain Summit Recorded Session Topics

Presentations by Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.

  • Lecture #1: A Practical Guide to Your Brain's Plasticity

    There’s been a revolution in brain science that provides us with a new understanding of the basis of origin of our unique individual personhoods. That science also helps us understand “what goes wrong” in an accounting for developmental or acquired neurological impairments, loss and “disease.” We’ll review this science on the path to considering some aspects of its practical importance for you and for human societies.

    Fun Facts: Plasticity is bidirectional. We can train our brain to improve or degrade our abilities. Remember, what wires together fires together, so we want to change our wiring for accuracy and fidelity, power and strength, and complexity and richness.

  • Lecture #2: Managing Your Brain Health

    We now know that the decline in performance abilities in “normal aging” and in the progression of most neurological and psychiatric maladies is substantially a product of natural, progressive “negative” brain remodeling. New strategies have been developed to index — and, if necessary, improve — organic brain function and health. We’ll learn how these strategies are expected to lead to a transformative “managed brain health” era for psychiatric and neurological medicine.

    Fun Facts: The health of your brain impacts the health of your body. Work the brain for better processing speed, accuracy and reliability of information. Rid your brain of excess chatter and noise, such as lack of exercise, no engagement with life and relying on too much itechnology and GPS systems.

  • Lecture #3: Living Life to the Advantage of Your Brain!

    How can you apply this new science of the brain to make the most out of YOUR life? We’ll discuss how you might think about better exploiting this great neurological gift — your “plastic” brain — to better sustain brain health and, potentially, to grow or rejuvenate your personal brain power.

    Fun Facts: Negative learning powerfully contributes to functional decline, such as looking down while walking. The goal of a healthy brain is knowing that you can deal with the unexpected safely. Always make your life goals, and make them interesting and useful.

Presentations by Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D.

  • Lecture #4: The Brain Tells Us Everything

    Envisage that after about six minutes of recording, you can tell clients why they came for treatment! The precision of the ClinicalQ (an EEG assessment calculated on a clinical data base) is quite remarkable in identifying clinical conditions and some neurological as well as experiential causes. Once identified, neurotherapy (including neurofeedback and braindriving) is the treatment of choice for dysregulated brain activity. Therapies appropriate for treating the experiential factors also are discussed.

    Fun Facts: Challenging the brain with new skills and ideas increases the low frequency waves in the brain. Some of these predominantly low frequency brain waves may cause depression especially in the left pre-frontal cortex.

  • Lecture #5: When The ADHD Diagnosis is Wrong

    The advantages of bottom-up rather than top-down diagnostic procedures are well illustrated in cases of children who are inattentive and struggling in school. Academically struggling children are routinely saddled with this wastebasket diagnosis and then treated (e.g., medicated) for the wrong condition. Children have attention difficulties for all sorts of reasons, some of which are, in fact, AD(H)D but most are not. The ClinicalQ rapid brain assessment precisely identifies the neurological conditions of AD(H)D, as well as other causes of the child’s academic difficulties.

    Fun Facts: Listen to what your brain is telling you. We often try to self-soothe to calm symptoms. For example, children with ADHD will move around constantly to keep their theta waves down.

  • Lecture #6: Neurotherapy for Mood Disorders and Sequelae of Emotional Trauma

    The data are quite sobering. Over 50 percent of children have been exposed to at least one Potentially Traumatizing Experience. About one in six adults takes psychotropic medication, and this number increases to over 25 percent with seniors. Neurotherapy is a treatment of choice for these conditions and has a very impressive record.

    Fun Facts: All types of trauma will affect short-term memory and impact the brain’s ability to retain information. Trauma needs to be released through neurotherapy, braindriving, neurofeedback, counseling and even massages.

If you want to learn more about the human brain, there is still time to register for online access to all recorded or individual Super Brain Summit sessions at bradley.edu/SuperBrainSummit.

Each session is $50 and has been word captured for easier viewing. Plus, participants will earn one CEU for each lecture. All proceeds go to the Center for Collaborative Brain Research for future fMRI brain research. These sessions will be available through the end of April 2017. For additional questions, please email Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin at lar@bradley.edu.