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Copy of This is your brain on EAGALA

2012 Las Vegas EAGALA conference
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Jill Haunold

on 15 January 2016

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Critical
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This is your brain on
Equine Assisted Therapy/Education
Presented by Jill Haunold, Ed.D.

The necessary components
Making our brain WORK through EAT/Education
This is your brain on drugs metaphor
How I began thinking about the brain
and why EAT/Education works.
The Brain
The brain is made of hundreds of billions of cells called neurons and glia. There are as many connections in a single cubic centimeter of brain tissue as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy (200-400 billion).
We are only beginning to learn how the brain is put
together and what it means to us as humans and our behavior.
The brain and the mind
It seems like common sense to those of
us who have worked with humans, but the idea that there is a connection between the workings of the brain and our emotions, was, until relatively recently, little considered by scientists.
The Brain Does not like to think
We are what Aronson calls

cognitive misers
Quaker Natural Granola Oats & Honey & Raisins (1 cup)
420 calories
10 g fat (1 g saturated)
26 g sugars
10 g fiber
Honey Nut Cheerios Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 118
Total Fat 1.6g2%
Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g9%
Sugars 9.6g
Protein 3.2g
Vitamin A 11%•Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 11%•Iron 27%
Don't make me
think
Movement
EAT/Education
John Medina
Brain Rules
Comfortable?
AMBIGUITY NOVELTY AWARENESS
+
=
Ambiguity
The quality of being open to
more than one interpretation;
not clear or decided. Oxford Dictionary of English
The human brain is set to be
constantly determing whether unpredictable
things are good or bad. We want to pay attention
to and explore unpredictable things.
Research shows humans choose to do things which outcomes cannot be predicted. Peter Milner
Life is a journey;
and there is no predicting the outcome.
And working with horses is inherently
Ambiguous
credit to youtube post:
Eagleman puts it this way;
Awareness occurs only when sensory imputs
violate expectations. When the world is successfully predicted away, awareness is not needed because the brain is doing its job well. In other words, until there is a difference between what our brain thinks should happen and what is, we are on auto pilot.
such as now
Attachment
& Relationships
Mirror Neurons
snorueN rorriM
Humans are hardwired for
relationships
Stress
bad
Medina
Mild to moderate stress is motivating.
A little short term stress activates us for
the work of change. Short term stress responses
prepare our brains for movement or the "fight".
This "fight" can be one of life and death or it can be more
metaphorically that of changing old patterns of behavior and
thinking into new and lasting change.
Prolonged exposure to stess related
chemicals is toxic to our system.
GOOD
Seeking
If you don't believe me
What do you think this city way built upon?

It was not people winning.

It was people inserting money,
pulling a lever,
repeat
Here is how it works
in EAT/Education
"Naturally intimidating to
many, horses are large and
powerful. This creates a natural
opportunity for some to overcome fear
and develop confidence. Working alongside
a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and
provides wonderful insight when dealing with other
intimidating and challenging situations in life"
The EAGALA website.
Story
The storeis we tell of our lives
inform the autobiographical narrative of our lives & Our lives and our autobiographical narrative informs what stories we hold dear and tell.
What is your story?
Winter Count
This is your brain on
Equine Assisted Therapy/
Education
Jack Panksepp in Affective Neuroscience says that all animals, including humans have what he terms a seeking mechanism.
What used to be termed the "pleasure center"
is now seen as this seeking mechanism.
In other words, Our Brains
are more turned on about the "hunt"
for the new car, the winning pull,
the search on Craigslist or what's new
on facebook than when the new car is
parked in our garage, we win the lottery,
or we are reading what we found on the internet.
"Connectome"
A
ttunement
Attunement
Critical
MAAASSS
Movement
Attachment
Ambiguity
Attunement
Stress
Seeking
Story
IS Inherant IN
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