Connecting REDMIND and BLUEMINDOUTDOOR SPORTS, STRESS, & THE BRAIN     Dr. Catherine Franssen               &        Joao ...
RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
Introduction   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
What is RedMind?  Why do we have RedMind?     Why do we need RedMind?              RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Mac...
RedMind:    “Edgy High” Characterized bystress, anxiety, fear  , anger, despair.RedMind                 RedMind vs BlueMin...
RedMind in Everyday Life   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
RedMind in Everyday Life   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
Top 10 Causes of Death in U.S.                         2009 CDC    1. Heart Disease    2. Cancer    3. Respiratory disease...
So is RedMind all bad?             RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
ExhilarationRedMind: Good Stuff!   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
RedMind on the Ocean   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
What is BlueMind?  Why do we have BlueMind?     Why do we need BlueMind?              RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De ...
BlueMind:  “a mildly meditative state”      Characterized by  calm, peacefulness, unity.BlueMind: Stress Relief in Nature ...
RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
Mice and rats housed in pseudo-                                    natural environments, versus plastic                   ...
What are the benefits of connecting      RedMind and BlueMind?                 RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo;...
Working Hypothesis:  Extreme stress helps to recalibrate        the stress response.Stress Relief in Extreme Sports   RedM...
Big Waves                                                Calm momentsStress Relief in Extreme Sports   RedMind vs BlueMind...
Importance                                                              of SolitudeStress Relief in Extreme Sports   RedMi...
Powerful friendshipsformed in extremecircumstancesStress Relief in Extreme Sports   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Ma...
Stress Relief in Extreme Sports   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
Passing on the torch    Staying stoked    Re-kindle stokeStress Relief in Extreme Sports   RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen ...
What is the future of connecting       RedMind and BlueMind?                 RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; J...
• What precisely helps to recalibrate    the stress response?      –   Nature?      –   Water?      –   Ocean?      –   Sp...
Ideas for a lifetime of connecting                RedMind & BlueMind:    • Sports & Extreme Sports         – Take fitness ...
Thank YouConclusion & Questions       RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
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  • Catherine-I haven’t tried surfing yet, but a few years ago I was an avid skydiver. Neuroscience has yet to explain extreme sports beyond “something is wrong in the dopaminergic system.” What I found, however, was that jumping out of planes on the weekend helped me achieve peace through the week as a Neurobiology grad student at the University of Chicago.VERY INTERESTING! 
  • Catherine-Outdoor/Nature-based sports are good for the body and mind.
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  • Catherine-The physiological stress-response evolved to help us survive… these hormones are essential for escaping predation, finding and fighting for food and mates.
  • Catherine-Today, that same physiological stress response is turned on many times each day. Non-life-threatening stressors activate the same biological systems… meaning our blood pressures skyrocket whether faced with a lion, attractive mate, or mortgage bill.
  • Catherine-Repeatedly activating the stress response system is killing us. How can we modulate our stress responses and change our lives?
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  • Joao- Case-studies from beginner surf-coaching people from Lisbon big offices: bankers,Lawyers, business owners… pure reaction of catching a small wave, seems similar to sensation I achieve on a giant wave! Very positive to see that pure exhiliration in beginners! That experience with Nature is a gateway to motivate these individuals to do something for the environment… whatever is in their reach…
  • Joao- (Redmind can go too far… for anyone)Mavericks wipeouts... If u don’t loose consciousness you are working to solve problems that u are facing… get bk to shore and re-accessA 4-story wave breaking in front of us, creates tremendous stress… we hvWhen waves aren’t big – down season - Nightmares can be common… this antecipation of wipeout or being “caught inside” triggers tremendous anxiety,Fear…
  • Catherine- serotonin? Research is only beginning to tap into contentment and happiness
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  • Joao-The ocean-connection of surfing calms my body and mind, has helped me stay centered throughout my life, help overcome death of close ones, maintained me humble and wanting to live life to the max. etc.
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  • Catherine -Discuss current project and preliminary findings that rock climbers have lower stress toward paper-and-pencil test. Also discuss recent findings that fitness may reduce that stress.
  • Joao-nuanced difference between stressful outdoor situations – big waves and happy/natural calm moments… hypothesis BOTH help people Manage stress in “workplace”/Domestic situationsChange something in your life…
  • Joao-Wisdom lies within… importance of solitude to create new ideas… hyper-connectivity can cut that down… learn to disconnect…
  • Joao-Friendships formed under extreme circumstances can be some of the most sincere and long-lasting – some overlap with friends/colleagues from armed conflicts/war…The friendships created and sealed in exciting situations can be very powerful and important in bringing meaningfulness to human lives… employee-motivation Activities in Nature can be extremely impactful…
  • Joao-Making bridges between people in cities and outdoor experiences as a preservation tool – importance of having elite outdoor athletes helping more Urban based people learn new stress management skills – Competitive-driven individuals more redmind orientated
  • Joao-Life-cycle management of BlueMind – or staying stoked all your life Passing on the torch... Also helps those connected to the ocean to re-kindle their stoke…
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  • Catherine -What will re-calibrate our stress response to responding to life-or-death scenarios and not sweating the small stuff? Is it being in nature, is it the physicality of moving in nature, or do we need to experience high risk in order to teach our neuroendocrine systems what to respond to?
  • Joao-Family-driven individuals more bluemind orientated BOTH benefit from Experiencing Nature… multiple levels of experiencing Nature… relaxed more SPA style vs. intense more radical/survival style
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    1. 1. Connecting REDMIND and BLUEMINDOUTDOOR SPORTS, STRESS, & THE BRAIN Dr. Catherine Franssen & Joao De Macedo RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    2. 2. RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    3. 3. Introduction RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    4. 4. What is RedMind? Why do we have RedMind? Why do we need RedMind? RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    5. 5. RedMind: “Edgy High” Characterized bystress, anxiety, fear , anger, despair.RedMind RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    6. 6. RedMind in Everyday Life RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    7. 7. RedMind in Everyday Life RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    8. 8. Top 10 Causes of Death in U.S. 2009 CDC 1. Heart Disease 2. Cancer 3. Respiratory disease 4. Stroke 5. Accidents 6. Alzheimer’s disease 7. Diabetes 8. Influenza & pneumonia 9. Kidney disease 10. SuicideRedMind: Consequences RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    9. 9. So is RedMind all bad? RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    10. 10. ExhilarationRedMind: Good Stuff! RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    11. 11. RedMind on the Ocean RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    12. 12. What is BlueMind? Why do we have BlueMind? Why do we need BlueMind? RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    13. 13. BlueMind: “a mildly meditative state” Characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity.BlueMind: Stress Relief in Nature RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    14. 14. RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    15. 15. Mice and rats housed in pseudo- natural environments, versus plastic enriched or standard cages had: • Improved cognition • Better problem solving • Increased neuroplasticity • Increased boldness and exploration • Altered glucocorticoid levels • More appropriate threat-assessment Franssen et al., in prep & reviewBlueMind: Stress Relief in Nature RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    16. 16. What are the benefits of connecting RedMind and BlueMind? RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    17. 17. Working Hypothesis: Extreme stress helps to recalibrate the stress response.Stress Relief in Extreme Sports RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    18. 18. Big Waves Calm momentsStress Relief in Extreme Sports RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    19. 19. Importance of SolitudeStress Relief in Extreme Sports RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    20. 20. Powerful friendshipsformed in extremecircumstancesStress Relief in Extreme Sports RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    21. 21. Stress Relief in Extreme Sports RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    22. 22. Passing on the torch Staying stoked Re-kindle stokeStress Relief in Extreme Sports RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    23. 23. What is the future of connecting RedMind and BlueMind? RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    24. 24. • What precisely helps to recalibrate the stress response? – Nature? – Water? – Ocean? – Specific sensory cues linked with memories? • GreenMind? – “Mountain People” vs “Ocean people” • Water, Air, or Land sportsBack to the Lab… RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    25. 25. Ideas for a lifetime of connecting RedMind & BlueMind: • Sports & Extreme Sports – Take fitness outdoors – Safe environment, professional coaches- mediate natural fear • Nature vacations – Ocean – National & state parks • Donate Time & Energy – Beach clean-up – Plant an urban treeBalance for the Future RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2
    26. 26. Thank YouConclusion & Questions RedMind vs BlueMind : Franssen & De Macedo; June 5, 2012; BlueMind2

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