Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

As a parent to 3 boys, two of whom are adolescents, I’m equally fascinated and perplexed by the inner workings of their minds. To help unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain I’ve invited New York Times Bestselling Author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, M.D. for an interview on The Listening Program® Radio to explore the teenage brain. According to Dr. Siegel if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. Sounds good to me. If you agree, please join us for this free call Wednesday, December 3rd, at 8:00pm Eastern. Register here to receive a program reminder.

More about the program

In The New York Times Bestseller Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts adolescent behavior and relationships from ages 12-24. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide. Join host Alex Doman and his guest Daniel Siegel for an enlightening conversation about the teenage brain. This program will help you;

  • Identify changes in the teenage brain responsible for increased risk taking
  • Outline how integration in the brain during adolescence promotes gist thinking
  • Name 4 essential aspects of adolescence
  • Describe an integrated relationship

Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory

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Perhaps you saw the viral video that was going around in the summer of 2012. It featured an elderly gentleman in a nursing home, coming alive through listening to music from his era as if it was manna from heaven. I posted about Henry’s Music back then not knowing that two years later a social worker named Dan Cohen, the man responsible for giving the gift of music to Henry would be my guest on The Listening Program® Radio.

That video was a clip from the production of Alive Inside, the 2014 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary, which brings attention to the work of nonprofit Music & Memory, which promotes the use of music to transform the lives of elders in nursing homes and at their own home regardless of cognitive or physical limitations. This captivating and touching film profiles Henry and other aging elders who are caught in the shattering grip of dementia, but who find light and hope through the beautiful sounds of personal music.

Join me and my guest Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory for what is sure to be an inspiring conversation on The Listening Program Radio Monday, October 6th at 8 pm Eastern.

Register here to receive an email reminder before the free call.

The Irlen Method Explained

 

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Earlier this summer I had the good fortune of attending the Advanced Clinical Summit with my friends and colleagues at EEG Info in Southern California.  My wife and I were there together speaking with many of the leading Neurofeedback practitioners from around the world. During the course of that weekend I noticed a familiar face in the room. That familiar face was Helen Irlen, creator of the Irlen Method.

Helen’s name has come up often with our network of providers who offer The Listening Program® and inTime™ music listening therapy methods. Many of whom combine our brain training through the auditory pathways with visual training, often using the Irlen colored filters. I don’t know a lot about the Irlen Method, but I do know many true believers and practitioners so I’ve asked Helen Irlen to join me on The Listening Program Radio and Podcast to share just what her fascinating work is all about.

If you are interested in tools for brain change, and more specifically how for over 30 years, the Irlen Method has been transforming lives using colored filters please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th at 8:00 PM Eastern for The Listening Program Radio. This teleseminar is FREE and open to the public.  Register here.

This program will cover;

·       What is the Irlen Method?

·       How does it work:  Mind-Body Connection

·       Who can benefit from colored filters?

·       How can you tell if you need to see through color?

·       What are the changes?

 

 

 

Full Access to inTime Video Series

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During the launch of inTime earlier this year we were very honored to have The Rockefeller University host us in their Science and Lecture Series for inTime: Intercultural Rhythms, Music, Sound and Science.

The event was a panel discussion with fellow inTime producers Sheila Allen, Nacho Arimany and me, moderated by neuroscientist Dr. Kamran Fallahpour. Following the panel inTime music composer and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany treated us to an incredible concert of his original world-music compositions.

Why am I sharing this with you now? Well, our friends at Ferro Productions and Attitude Post filmed and edited the event into a 15 part video series for us at Advanced Brain Technologies. And I’m thrilled to share it is now available with full access for your online viewing!

You can watch the Introductions (Part 1) here, then go on to view the other 14 parts at your leisure!

I certainly hope you enjoy the series and learning more about inTime , a rhythm-based music listening method developed to influence brain performance and to stimulate changes in focus, rhythm & time, and stress response.

Forgive me

Sleep Genius App Store

 

Forgive me, I can’t contain my excitement!

After months of hard work by an amazing group of people today we launched the entirely new Sleep Genius app for iOS. And then the most amazing thing happened… It has been featured as a Best New App in the App Store! Personally, I have to  agree with Apple on that point.

Can’t sleep like 25% of your family and friends? Check out the app and tell me what you think!

Android users, the new app will be in Google play anytime now.

Wearables anyone? Sleep Genius seamlessly integrates with Jawbone Up and Fitbit. Note you’ll need to in app purchase Premium for $4.99 to access the Dashboard then do your Personalized Sleep Setup to connect your wearable. Use Samsung Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo? You’ll find the app pre loaded on your device.  Gear fit, find it here.

Promotional plug officially over. Thanks for listening… And sleep well… Zzz…

 

Back At It

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Did you miss me? Perhaps you didn’t notice I was gone… Either way, I wanted to share that I’m back at it! Back at what you ask? Blogging…

In November I decided to take a hiatus from writing posts so I could focus with a really awesome team of people to launch two exciting products for Advanced Brain Technologies and Sleep Genius. One of these launched in February. It is a rhythm-based music listening therapy called inTime and I must say it is incredible! I couldn’t be happier about the response to it and the stories I am already hearing about the lives it is touching. More on that in-time… The other launch is happening this Friday, and I can hardly wait to share that one with you. If you have difficulty sleeping, you definitely want to stay tuned. And the best way to do that is to follow this blog via email. You’ll find the sign up on the top right of this site. Just type in your email address. It’s super easy!

Those who follow this blog and my work will know that my focus, besides my amazing wife and kids, is on elevating people’s lives by helping them achieve and maintain their sound brain fitness. This is akin to physical exercise making us healthier. To help make the brain fit and performing at its best, you can engage in healthy sound practices which include avoiding noise as much as possible to preserve hearing and reduce stress, and by having a daily listening practice with music listening therapy to feed your brain with the sounds and music it is so hungry for. I can tell you it is absolutely incredible what just these two lifestyle changes can do to help you live a healthier, more productive and happy life!

Did you know that music can change how your brain works?  If you didn’t know, I want you to, because that knowledge can transform your life! To learn more about this idea you might enjoy reading about a recent study at the University of Liverpool that has shown that even brief musical training can increase blood flow in the brain. This research also adds to an existing evidence base that suggests that areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Pretty cool right?

On Hiatus

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There are periods in life when you are presented with such abundance of opportunity that you have to make difficult choices about where to spend your time. At the moment this is the case for me. The next 3 months will require my laser sharp focus to launch a significant new program from Advanced Brain Technologies while managing other initiatives through the holidays. For now I must let some things go, including posting to my blog, so this is my official notice that I’m on blogging hiatus. I hope you enjoy the holiday season and look forward to reconnecting with you after the launch!



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