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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,… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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Back to School Can Test Our Compassion

As the end of summer nears the excitement and anxiety of back to school begins for school age families. Transitioning from the free flow of summer to the structure of the school year can be a challenge. For… Read More

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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… Read More

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The Pareto Principal and Social Burden

Many of us have heard of some form of the 80:20, or Pareto Principal. For example 80% of a country’s wealth lies in 20% of the population; or 80% of a business’ profits are generated by 20% of… Read More

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A Practice a Day Keeps the Trouble Away… Maybe?

Emily Kolodka Neuroscience Intern, The Avielle Foundation Biochemistry Junior, Middlebury College [email protected] Here at TAF, we’re committed to preventing violence and promoting brain health through research and community education. What goes into preventing violence, however, is more than… Read More

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Tucson Art Show and Fundraiser

Arizona Avielle Foundation supporters – If you have a young artist, an appreciation of art, or want to help us prevent violence, build compassion, engage and educate communities, please support our Firefly Celebration of Art at the Gregory… Read More

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Newtown Brain Health First Aid

Local TAF Friends, Here is another opportunity to attend a Youth Brain Health First Aid class, free of charge! These courses, provided in partnership between the Avielle Foundation and the Resiliency Center of Newtown, are intended to serve the… Read More

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