Narrative and the Brain

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Online Course for September through December, 2012

During this course we will explore how the brain processes story.  We will look at the ways in which story and the brain co-evolved as the template for memory storage and retrieval.  We will look at the role of story as the most efficient method for managing our maps of our social environment.  We will look at how the brain comprehends, stores, retrieves, and produces story.  This course will provide useful information for our work with clients in being able to better convince them through the metaphors of contemporary neuroscience that they are capable of change.

This course will meet most Wednesdays at 7:30pm EST with a discussion group at 12:15 pm on Thursday EST.


Please register for Narrative and the Brain Online Course, next lecture Wednesday, October 3, 2012 7:39 PM - 9:09 PM EDT at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

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Thursday Narrative Discussion Group:


1.  Please join my meeting.

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (312) 878-3071
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Faculty: Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, and Barbara Mainguy, MA, MFA, with intermittent guest lecturers to be announced.

Die to restrictions of dropbox, you can only watch the first 15 minutes on dropbox.  After that, you will need to download the video to watch the remainder.  Also, you might need the GoToMeeting Codec to watch the recording.  Here is the website from which to download it:

19 September 2012, First lecture, Narrative and the Brain, please download the video by clicking here.

26 September 2012, Second lecture, Narrative and the Brain, Mirror Neurons.  Please download the video from here.

3 October 2012.  Third lecture.  Narrative and the Brain.  Panksepp's Theory of Emotions.  Click here to view/download the video.

10 October 2012, 4th lecture, Narrative and the Brain, The Emotions. Click here.      

17 October 2012.  5th lecture.  Narrative and the Brain.  Narrative Circuitry.  Click here to download.

24 October 2012.  6th lecture.  Narrative and the Brain. The Heart and the Brain.  Click here to download.

31 October 2012.  7th lecture.  Narrative and the Brain.  The Holographic Brain.  Click here to download.

7 November 2012.  Off Week.  No lecture.

14 November 2012.  8th lecture.  Narrative and the Brain.  Review of your Brain on Story.  Click here to download

21 November 2012.  Off Week.  Thanksgiving Holiday in the USA.

29 November 2012.  More narrative and the mysteries of the anterior cingulate gyrus as an error correcting system.  Click here to download. 

For More Information

Call 808-772-1099 or 802-451-0002; Fax is 802-419-3720