Intention and Attention: Shaping Your Thoughts for Maximum Happiness

We’ve talked about attention as a threat assessment method for human beings in two earlier episodes, but in this third episode, we’re going to talk specifically about what you can do to shift your attention, as well as how to set an intention that guides what you pay attention to.  We’ll explain pattern interrupts, chunking, […]

Cultivating Loving Energy

This is a short video session that takes you through the process of shifting your personal energy by going to inner resources and recalling a previous emotional state.  When you get stressed, or sad, or disappointed, you can use this simple technique to bring you back to loving energy.  Cultivating loving energy on a regular […]

Motivation and Passion

What does passion have to do with motivation?  We’re not talking about passion in the romantic sense.  It’s about how you connect passionate energy to your identity and what matters to you.

How Does Motivation Work?

We get a lot of questions from people about how to be more motivated.  Let’s start by understanding more about how motivation works in your brain.

Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal Theory doesn’t exactly fit into brain networks…but it does.  I’d like for you to stretch the network concept to include any system with a bunch of interacting nodes.  Polyvagal Theory explains the role of the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) in your social cognition.  In a nutshell, the vagal nerve has a dorsaland ventral […]

Dorsal Attention Network (DAN)

The Dorsal Attention Network increases attention to external stimuli based on goals and activated mental representations by increasing the salience of goal relevant stimuli. Neurohypnotic bonus   Self-Regulatory Depletion Enhances Neural Responses to Rewards and Impairs Top Dopamine supports coupling of attention-related networks Deconstructing the architecture of dorsal and ventral attention systems with dynamic causal modelling […]

The Salience Network

The Salience network is made up of the anterior cingulate cortex and the insula.  Together they coordinate to monitor the conditions in the body for homeostasis (insula) from temperature, to pH, to pain, to hormonal discomfort and notify the anterior cingulate cortex.  You may recall that the ACC handles conflict.  Well, those would be the […]

The Central Executive Network(CEN)

The Fronto-parietal Central Executive Network (CEN) handles inhibition, task switching, and updating.  It inhibits the default mode network, engages your conscious brain to think and maintains attention on a prioritized task.   It’s helpful to think of it as active when you put effort forth to keep your mind from wandering during a goal directed task. […]

What is the Default Mode Network?

The default mode network (DMN) is a network of brain components active when during daydreaming, self-generated thought, and when not attending to outside stimuli.  Some neuroscientists theorize that the DMN is involved with the Freudian ego functions.   There is increasing evidence that moderation of the default mode network is the mechanism of hypnosis effects. […]

Hypnotic Thoughts: Understanding Attachment

Attachment Theory, formulated by Bowlby is the neuroscientific theory of the mechanism of human bonding, romantic relationships and stress management.  It is mediated by the Oxytocin system.  There are four types of attachment discussed by Dr. Saint-Victor and Paul Ramsay in this video (secure, avoidant, anxious, and disorganized). If you would like to take an attachment […]