Brain: Insights from Neuroscience

Course materials are available as audio with transcripts.

How we think and what we do affects our neurology, and our neurology affects our psychology. Simply put, our brains affect how we act – and we have the capacity to change our brains, via psychotherapy, meditation, mindfulness, creative ventures, and purposeful thinking. Involuntary changes within the brain, such as chemical imbalance or tumors, can cause a healthy person to undergo a complete personality shift. This can result in violence and erratic, dangerous behavior. With so much at stake, it’s no wonder that millions of people around the world are on psychiatric medications – some on three or four at a time. All too often, this occurs without the brain scans that can give medical answers for psychological phenomena.

In this fascinating intermediate level course, contributors explore creativity, neuroplasticity, mind, brain, meditation, and common practices for psychotherapists and psychiatrists. The course is comprised of seven audio interviews with David Van Nuys, all of which come with transcripts. The first section, The Brain and Psychotherapy, contains three interviews. Dr. David Eagleman discusses the secret lives of the brain, Dr. Stephen Porges discusses Polyvagal Theory, and Dr. William Emerson shares his knowledge of the impact of birth trauma on the nervous system.

The second section, Meditation and the Brain, contains three interviews. Dr. Daniel Siegel explains mindsight, Dr. Jill Taylor shares her experience of reaching nirvana via stroke, and Dr. Richard Davidson discusses physical changes to the brain resulting from meditation.

The third section, Creativity and the Brain, contains an interview on visual thinking in the autistic mind with esteemed scholar Dr. Temple Grandin.


  • Brain
    • Effect on personality
    • Difference from mind
    • Neuroplasticity
    • Strokes
  • Mind/Consciousness
    • Embodied aspects
    • Subjective experience
    • Memory
    • Shaping reality
  • Mindfulness/meditation
    • Effect on attention
    • Kindness
    • Empathy
    • Integration
    • Health
  • Creativity
    • Visual thinking in the autistic mind

Educational Objectives

  • Distinguish mind from brain.
  • Describe the potential for change afforded by neuroplasticity.
  • Cite the benefits of meditation.
  • Summarize the benefits of visual thinking.
  • Explain the health benefits of kindness.
  • Question the efficacy of low-creativity culture.