Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Beyond the Page Podcast ~ Understanding the Brain

We are excited to share with you the next interview in our “Beyond the Page” series featuring Irena O’Brien.

Unlock the mysteries of your mind as we journey with the esteemed Dr. Irena O’Brien, a leading cognitive neuroscientist, into the fascinating realm of the predictive brain. Discover how our personal history weaves a complex neural database that informs our every decision, for better or worse. Dr. O’Brien artfully elucidates the dual nature of this mental prowess: its remarkable ability to streamline daily life and the occasional need for recalibration to suit our evolving world. Our dialogue uncovers the brain’s penchant for swift judgments, laying bare the power and pitfalls of our silent, cerebral oracle.

Amidst our enthralling exchange, Dr. O’Brien champions the transformative art of reframing our thoughts and altering our ingrained expectations. By learning to intercept our instinctive responses, we grant the prefrontal cortex the critical seconds needed to reconsider the amygdala’s hasty impulses. We explore practical scenarios where this self-directed neuroplasticity can alter the course of our relationships and our lives. As we close, we reflect on Dr. O’Brien’s remarkable research and storytelling skills, inviting listeners to further immerse themselves in neuroscience and the enlightening pathways it reveals for personal development and coaching.

In this episode, I talk with Irena O’Brien about her article published in our December 2023 issue.

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