Book review: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Dan Harris & Joseph Goldstein

Meditation for the curious yet perhaps reluctant or uncertain Marni Amsellem, Ph.D. The latest book on meditation from ABC News Anchor Dan Harris and colleagues, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics is a practical resource for anyone who is even remotely curious about the practice and benefits of meditation.  Harris has collaborated with author and meditation expert … Read moreBook review: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Dan Harris & Joseph Goldstein

Brainstorm Experience Series Featuring Life is Good Kids Foundation Chief Playmaker: Steve Gross

On January 4th, 2018 Steve Gross, The Life is Good Kids Foundation Chief Playmaker will kick off The Avielle Foundation’s, Brainstorm Experience Series. This year-long series will feature thought leaders, advocates, and celebrities from across society who offer unique perspectives on the care, science, strength, and vulnerability of the brain. Life is not easy. Life … Read moreBrainstorm Experience Series Featuring Life is Good Kids Foundation Chief Playmaker: Steve Gross

Music is a Protective Factor

The University of Southern California Brain and Creativity Institute recently published their research tracking the impact of music education on the developing brain, specifically children who live in poverty, an indicator of Adverse Childhood Experiences. The preliminary results show positive outcomes for students exposed to music education. The study revealed the growth of white matter, … Read moreMusic is a Protective Factor

Spark Project Uses Art to Bring Brain Health to Newtown

Paula Brinkman is an important part of our tribe. Through the SPARK project, Paula leads PeaceLove classes throughout the community using art, music, and movement as a method of connection and healing. Brain health is a community wide effort and Paula is a true brain health champion using her passion and talent to make our community … Read moreSpark Project Uses Art to Bring Brain Health to Newtown

They’re Not Just Numbers…

9/11… 12/14… and thousands of other dates have transcended their place on the calendar and into the social conscience of our society.  Each date represents an event whose magnitude is so profound it can be universally recognized by the succession of two numbers and instantly provoke vivid memories and feelings of sadness, loss, grief, anger, and rage while also creating a sense of … Read moreThey’re Not Just Numbers…

Brain Health the Paradigm Shift We Need

We use the term “brain health” because mental health is intangible; it comes with the fear, trepidation, shame, and stigma of the unknown. The invisible world of ‘mental’ illness often comes with a label (“You are… depressed, bipolar, ADHD, etc.”) and, more often than not, creates a barrier to people getting help for themselves or for … Read moreBrain Health the Paradigm Shift We Need

The Avielle Foundation provides Brain Health First Aid for New NPS Staff

Brain Health education is central to our mission, for the past three years, we have been honored to provide Brain Health First Aid to nearly all Newton Public Schools teachers. The ability to recognize behavioral changes is a protective factor for those facing brain health challenges. Strengthening the Brain Health toolbox for the educators who interact with their students every … Read moreThe Avielle Foundation provides Brain Health First Aid for New NPS Staff

Cardiff University’s Brain Research Imaging Centre Making the Invisible Visible

Our brain is the most complex and mystifying organ in the natural world. It is home to our memories, feelings, and behaviors. It manages all of our biological needs and senses. It is the filter through which we interpret and interact with the world. It is a dynamic organ, either growing or atrophying; it never … Read moreCardiff University’s Brain Research Imaging Centre Making the Invisible Visible

National Geographic: What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

Earlier this summer Lynn Johnson, a photo journalist with National Geographic, visited The Avielle Foundation. Lynn was working with journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee on an article investigating the science of behavior, specifically what makes us violent and compassionate. They traveled the country interviewing and photographing experts studying violence and compassion as well as those who have shown … Read moreNational Geographic: What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

How to Manage Back to School Anxiety

Back to school can be like landing a plane after an exciting trip. Summer allows for looser structure, individual exploration, late nights, new friends, and spontaneity. With all this excitement we want to give our children the longest runway to get back into the school year routine. Re-introducing the home routine in advance of the … Read moreHow to Manage Back to School Anxiety

How Trauma Lodges in the Body

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and a member of The Avielle Foundation Science Advisory Board, joined Krista Tippett for the March, 9th 2017 episode of the On Being podcast. Dr. van der Kolk shares his … Read moreHow Trauma Lodges in the Body