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Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. Dr. Siegel is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation.
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In this MasterSeries, Dr. Dan Siegel—a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation—discusses the nuances of memory and mindfulness and they relate to mental health, including:
What is the mind?
Each of us has an inner experience called “subjectivity”—feelings, thoughts, and meanings; these make up the mind.
What are the two layers of memory?
Implicit memory includes what you feel inside your body, your thoughts and emotions, and your five senses. Explicit memories attempt to assemble the pieces of your implicit memories into facts and autobiographical details.
How can a non-medical professional help someone suffering from PTSD?
Focus on memory integration, healing journaling, and learning self-compassion.
What are the five regions of information flow?
The balance of a person’s prefrontal cortex depends on the harmony of their social world, body, brain stem, limbic area, and cortex.
Can the brain be rewired after a traumatic event?
Yes—mindfulness meditation grows integrative fibers in your brain and promotes interconnectedness across all areas of the brain.
Also, Dr. Siegel will answer audience questions on a variety of topics, including dealing with a husband’s moody behavior, uncovering outside-the-box remedies for a depressive wife, and decoding a child’s unusually gloomy behavior.
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