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

Other neuroscience blogs you should check out!

  As we at The Avielle Foundation began our work, we soon recognized the benefit of having a resource for linking up to and summarizing relevant neuroscience research underlying the work that we do. This is how the “Check This Out!” spotlight on research and learning library has come to be. Our goal is to make science accessible to anyone who would … Read moreOther neuroscience blogs you should check out!

Neuropsychology of Violence

This review compiles recent studies, offering several explanations for abusive violence. The authors investigated the patterns of neuropsychological deficits in men who committed violent acts against women. They identified several potential causes for neuropsychological impairments, such as alcohol abuse or traumatic brain injury. That said, it is often difficult to determine which parts of the … Read moreNeuropsychology of Violence

Kelly McGonigal TED Talk- How to make stress your friend

Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk about the effects of stress on your mind and body represents a powerful perspective change on how we think about stress. Rather than trying to eliminate stress from your life (which is not doable), her goal as a health psychologist is to get people to get “better” at stress. That … Read moreKelly McGonigal TED Talk- How to make stress your friend

Thomas Insel TED talk: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

In this TED talk,Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, reflects on how significant strides in brain health can be made. Though we have had significant progress over the last few decades in our knowledge and treatment of heart disease, AIDS, leukemia, and stroke, we have made little progress in effectively treating “mental … Read moreThomas Insel TED talk: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

compassion and empathy in the brain: not the same (research study)

Empathy and compassion are similar, of course, but not the same. Empathy is “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes,” such as feeling pain or sadness in response to someone else’s suffering. Compassion, however, is translating this experience of another person’s suffering into action in order to improve their situation, to alleviate their suffering. This study demonstrated the difference … Read morecompassion and empathy in the brain: not the same (research study)

Congressional Brain Health Education

This past week, on Tuesday February 11th, The Avielle Foundation was in Washington, DC for a special visit to the Capital.  Hosted by Connecticut Senators Chris Murphy and Dick Blumenthal, we had the opportunity to present an education briefing about brain health and the mission of the Avielle Foundation.  The audience was a room full … Read moreCongressional Brain Health Education

Brainstorming for Brain Health

The Avielle Foundation is teaming with Phoenix 999 and The Rebels Project, support groups formed after the Columbine High School and Aurora movie theater tragedies, to host the first annual Brainstorming 5K. The event, which consists of a run, walk and rally set for Sunday, Aug. 25, at Clement Park in Littleton, Colo., will raise community awareness of the … Read moreBrainstorming for Brain Health

Make the Invisible Visible

The Avielle Foundation is meeting with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) today, June 4th, 2103. As scientists, we frequently ask ourselves “blue sky” questions – trying to assess what an ideal world or situation would look like.  In our meeting with OSTP we want to brainstorm what technologies will become available to … Read moreMake the Invisible Visible

National Conference on Mental Health

On Monday, June 3rd, the Avielle Foundation has been invited to attend the National Conference on Mental Health. President Obama and Vice President Biden will host a White House Mental Health Conference as part of the Administration’s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness about brain health. President Obama will deliver opening … Read moreNational Conference on Mental Health