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Neuroscience Leaders

Below are some of the many neuroscience-based theories, and psychological clinicians

who have inspired the professionals at NeuroConnect.

The Work of Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson is a psychologist and author who has been deeply interested in the brain and neuroscience throughout his career.  He has developed many methods in order to help increase positive neuroplasticity.  He has been able to articulate methods of growing good experiences, and helping people change positive states into hardwired traits of a person.  

The Work of Shauna Shapiro

Shauna Shapiro is a author and a psychologist who has a deep interest in mindfulness.  In her 2020 book, Good Morning, I Love You, she describes the neuroscience understanding that underlie present moment awareness and mindfulness.  

The Work of Daniel Seigel


  The Work of Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff is a author and a psychologist.  She has an expertise in self-compassion and mindfulness.  She has written about how neuroscience supports the importance of self-compassion as a key aspect of happiness.

Poly Vagel Theory

Daniel Seigel is a psychiatrist and author who is known for his writings on the mind and development.  He coined the term "Mindsight" and "Interpersonal Neurobiology". He has written about attachment, and parenting, providing accessible information about the developing brain. His clinical work clearly shows his deep knowledge of neuroscience and his ability to apply it. 

Psychologist and author, Stephen Porges developed the Poly Vagel Theory "a more sophisticated understanding of the biology of safety and danger, one based on the subtle interplay between the visceral experiences of our own bodies and the voices and faces of the people around us...It helped us understand why attuning with another person can shift us out of disorganized and fearful states. In short, Porges’s theory makes us look beyond the effects of fight or flight and put social relationships front and centre in our understanding of trauma. It also suggested new approaches to healing that focus on strengthening the body’s system for regulating arousal." Bessel van der Kolk

Affective Neuroscience

The Work of Tara Brach

Jaak Panksepp originated the term "Affective Neuroscience", the name for the field that studies the neural mechanisms of emotion.  His inspiring work describes the emotional systems of the brain that are present in all mammals. In his book Affective Neuroscience, he suggests seven innate emotional systems. 

Tara Brach is an author, psychologist, and Buddhist meditation teacher. In her books and weekly podcast she shares her approach to heal internal shame, anxiety, many other experiences of mental suffering.  She often references an understanding of Neuroscience in relation to meditation and psychological healing. 

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