The Coherent Heart
Heart-Brain Interactions, Psychophysiological Coherence, and the Emergence of System-Wide Order
by Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Mike Atkinson, Dana Tomasino, and Raymond Trevor Bradley, Ph.D.
- …there are organism states in which the regulation of life processes becomes efficient, or even optimal, free-flowing and easy. This is a well established physiological fact. It is not a hypothesis. The feelings that usually accompany such physiologically conducive states are deemed “positive,” characterized not just by absence of pain but by varieties of pleasure. There also are organism states in which life processes struggle for balance and can even be chaotically out of control. The feelings that usually accompany such states are deemed “negative,” characterized not just by absence of pleasure but by varieties of pain. …The fact that we, sentient and sophisticated creatures, call certain feelings positive and other feelings negative is directly related to the fluidity or strain of the life process. —Antonio Damasio, Looking for Spinoza (2003), page 131. Click for the entire document.
Using the Arts and Multiple Intelligences in Psycho-educational Curriculum
by Shannon Simonelli, Ph.D., ATR
- The arts naturally lend themselves to discovery, expression and inside-out learning – providing the client with opportunities to discover and try new aspects of behavior and perceptions of self. The arts teach qualitative values to clients, such as compassion, social and emotional fluency, joy, and creativity, which contribute to a rich and successful life. Read more
Mobile Brain-Body Imaging & the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation and Creativity
by Juliet L. King MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC
- The creative arts therapies have the capacity to generate knowledge from multidimensional scientific perspectives that will contribute to the understanding and application of contemporary healthcare practices. Full Report