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Science You Can Use: Neuroscience for Understanding and Expanding NLP Practices, Richard Gray
This presentation will explain four new insights into neuroscience and their application to NLP. Examples, discussion and an experiential exercise will be provided.
Recent research points to the mechanism of reconsolidation as a plausible mechanism for the RTM -- VK/D model in the treatment of PTSD and phobias. Reconsolidation is how we change the content of memories—permanently. It works a bit differently in procedural, semantic and emotional memories and these differences will be discussed. The mechanism outlines a syntax for change that NLP has long understood but can now describe in well-established principles of Neuroscience.
The transfer of long term memory from hippocampal stores—where most memories are made-- to permanent cortical networks takes approximately thirty days. If you have a pre-existing memory pattern into which the new information fits, the new memory can almost instantly become part of that permanent network. New research has shown that new learnings can be integrated into previously established long term networks in about 24 hours by piggybacking on the activation of older, related networks. This provides a neural base for NLP techniques including reimprinting, the new history generator and others. We will discuss how to piggyback new learnings on to old habits an old data schemas. The Art of Memory will also be discussed.
Researchers have described neural organization in terms of small world networks. Meaning and behavioral salience are often determined by which circuit defines the behavioral context. This work represents a neural base for context dependent memory effects. It also suggests a mechanism for reframing, meta-stating and whole life reframes. Metafives and metaphors have something to gain from this information. Finally, during the last fifteen years research into functional circuits in the brain has led to the identification of the default mode network. This circuit, is highly activated during internally directed activity and largely inactive (as an independent circuit) during externally oriented
activity. Since the functional areas associated with the circuit are related to evaluation, self control, memory, prediction of future behavior and empathic understanding of others, their importance in understanding the effects of inward oriented focus as in trance, meditation, and altered states of consciousness cannot be overestimated. When the activation of the circuit is made accessible by a classically conditioned anchor, it may represent a behavioral off-switch for problem behaviors.