102 Does Neuroscience Really Matter?

Dan Siegel and Rick Hanson

Dan SiegelRick HansonBrain science research has taken the world of psychotherapy by storm. But, as therapists, how do we separate hype and pseudo-science from clinically relevant facts about the brain? In this premiere event, Dan Siegel and Rick Hanson address concerns, from both inside and outside of the field, that brain science research has been oversold. They’ll also discuss ways in which understanding neuroscientific principles can actually make you a more effective therapist. Join us for this timely dialogue and examine:

  • the benefits, side effects, and limitations of getting to know the brain
  • how therapists can use brain science to better understand and facilitate the client’s change process
  • recent criticisms of “mindless” neuroscience that point to the at times dangerous allure of brain research
  • ways in which neuroscientific research has informed and expanded the field of psychotherapy, for better and for worse


Daniel Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, executive director of the Mindsight Institute, and the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. His books include The Developing Mind, Mindsight, and The Mindful Therapist. Website: http://www.drdansiegel.com/

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and an Advisory Board Member of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 94,000 subscribers. Website: http://www.rickhanson.net/


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