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Two Resources For You: One On Attention And the Other On Cultural Neuroscience

by Stephanie West Allen
November 2010

From Stephanie West Allen's blog on Neuroscience and conflict resolution.

Stephanie West Allen

Cultural-Neuroscience

I have blogged several times about attention and culture here at BonP because I think understanding both is important for conflict professionals. Here are two additional sources of information.

First, click to listen to neuroscientist Amishi Jha give a very short talk at Pop!Tech on how to improve attention. From YouTube:

Amishi Jha is a brain scientist who is working on ways to train brains to pay better attention. How can mindfulness training help people in high-stress situations -- from medical staff to soldiers -- better navigate their challenging environments?

Second, click to read a blog post by neuroanthropologist Daniel Lende (Neuroanthropology at PLoS Blogs Network) about your brain and culture. From that post:

Your Brain on Culture is a November article in the Monitor on Psychology. Written by Beth Azar, this piece provides good coverage of the boom in cultural neuroscience, covering current research and prominent researchers.

Cultural neuroscience looks at how culture can shape cognition, how brains work in different settings, and the culture-dependent connections between cognition and brain function. Cultural neuroscience has emerged at the intersection of the incredible rise of neuroimaging research and decades of work in cultural psychology.

I will provide an overview of the article below, complete with reactions to its main sections. At the end, I will also provide links to the main researchers and article abstracts covered by Beth Azar.

On this day after Thanksgiving in the US, I continue to be grateful for all that the Internet provides, such as the ability to watch and read the above.

Image credit: Neuroanthropology.

Biography


Stephanie West Allen, JD, practiced law in California for several years, held offices in local bar associations, and wrote chapters for California Continuing Education of the Bar. While in CA, Stephanie completed several five-day mediation training programs with the Center for Mediation in Law, as well as a two-year intensive with Center co-founder Gary Friedman. She has been a mediator for over two and one-half decades.

She is the author of Triversity Fantasy — Seven Keys To Unlock Prejudice, Creating Your Own Funeral or Memorial Service: A Workbook and many articles on workplace and professional issues for such publications as Lawyer Hiring and Training Report, Colorado Nurse, The Complete Lawyer, National Law Journal, Of Counsel, Law Practice and Denver Business Journal.



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