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Engage the rhythms of your brain.stephen dolle


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As a drum circle facilitator and neuroscientist, Stephen Dolle delves into the rhythmic processing of the brain and how it interacts with language, movement, and cognition. He shares his extraordinary story of drumming and survival post brain injury, and his many discoveries in this power point, "Engage the Rhythms of your Brain," which was first presented at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, on October 5, 2011, as part of their STEAM3 curriculum in 2011. In his facilitated drum circles, he employs drums and rhythm instruments to boost team building, non-verbal communication skills, mental focus, health & wellness, balance and coordination, and spirituality. SEE also his Applications of Drums and Rhythm document which lists the many ways drums and rhythm are used today.

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Engage the rhythms of your brain.stephen dolle

  1. 1. “Engage the Rhythms of your Brain” byStephen Dolle<br />Steam3 keynote Oct. 5, 2011<br />Wright State University<br />Dayton, Ohio<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>Engage the Rhythms of your Brain
  3. 3. The DiaCeph Story: A Story of Perseverance and Innovation
  4. 4. Living with Hydrocephalus & Brain Injury</li></ul>Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />2<br />Keynotes by Stephen Dolle<br />10/5/2011<br />
  5. 5. Notable Clients & Organizations<br />Senior Centers w/ Prof. Julie Freelove Charton (UCSD Dept. of Gerontology)<br />UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Medicine Center<br />Bowers Museum (Orange County)<br />Girls Inc. of Orange County<br />New Directions for Women (drug & alcohol addiction treatment)<br />High Hopes (OC head injury program)<br />Spinal Chord Injury (Orange County)<br />Chabad Temple of Orange County<br />Friendship Shelter of Laguna Beach (homeless shelter<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />3<br />10/5/2011<br />
  6. 6. A not so ordinary “Bio”<br />Piano from age 5, Vocals from age 10, Music Aptitude Test at age 14<br />Initial pre-med study in college (my earliest intuitive exp’s)<br />Nuclear Medicine Technologist 1976-1992, CNI Imaging co. 1982-1992<br />Medical Intuitive 1981<br />Actor/vocalist 1986-88<br />Business, Sports & Entertainment Fundraising 1988-1992<br />Brain Injury 1992 – Started over<br />Core neuroscience, AI, Regulatory Affairs, CNS Shunts, and, Music Therapy Research<br />New Role as Experiential Neuroscientist, Inventor, CEO of DiaCeph, Inc.<br />Coach/Assistant on 20 Youth Baseball & Soccer Teams<br />Approx. 15,000 Pt. Work-ups, 1/3 were Intuitive Readings<br />Amazing Drumming Experiences Since 2004: Shamanism? Intuitive? Science?<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />4<br />10/5/2011<br />
  7. 7. “Finding Myself” (Circa 1974)<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />5<br />10/5/2011<br />
  8. 8. Get a CNS brain shunt--- then get busy w/ shunt, medical outcomes, and tons of neuroscience research.<br /> Pick up an instrument, start playing, and research & write about your experiences.<br />10/5/2011<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />6<br />How do you become an experiential neuroscientist on drumming for the brain?<br />
  9. 9. And….. It helps to Start very young!<br />Stephen (left) instructing his older brothers in the biological sciences.<br />10/5/2011<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />7<br />
  10. 10. Where does music & Rhythm come From?<br />1. Time, space, movement, planetary, and gravitational influences (proprioception) on us – my theory on basketball.<br />2. Sounds of Earth, nature, birds, animals, accepted sounds and meaning (Jaws), development of language<br />3. Mimesis - Vocal intonations, expression, imitating others, entertainment, communications<br />4. Thought intent (pre-frontal cortex) – thought, communication, and expression; rhythm use likely began in mating rituals, social celebrations, war, games, etc.<br />5. Man made sounds, musical instruments, equipment, formation of established sounds eg. knock on door, rhymes and popular songs, Jaws theme<br />* Two primary forms of music today: primal low-brain expression, forebrain story-telling<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />8<br />10/5/2011<br />
  11. 11. Evolution of Drum Communications<br />Animals and humans learned that when sound is ↑ in volume or tempo it is closing in and/or is ↑ in importance, calling attention, where slow or melodic sound tends to be friendly. Fast or repetitive sound tends to be forceful or threatening. Augmented sounds are appealing, and make us curious and/or happy.<br />Human sounds and drums evolved to disseminate information.<br />Sight, sound, and body movement patterns, along with words, eventually formed human language we know today.<br />Emotional “intonations” in words is termed “prosody.”<br />Since drum rhythms come from the “body,” they activate the “prosody” center of the brain in Wernicke’s area, and language centers in the pre-frontal cortex.<br />Rhythmic patterning and imitation is termed “mimesis.” <br />Correlation of audible patterning in brain waves to improved cognition: Mozart Effect<br />Modern day sports and music keep us connected to our past.<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />9<br />10/5/2011<br />
  12. 12. Examples of musical rhythm<br />At a very young age, we are able to recognize sound as: Coming toward us. Moving away from us. Talking to us. Posing a question? Calling out! Frightening us. Or appealing to us.<br />Bass & Clapping BWE Exercise: heightens “theta level” brain waves<br />Walk and movement mirror heart beat of 1-2, 1-2, pushing off from one foot, land/turn on other. Marching and running are 1-2, 1-2 and 1-2-3-4.<br />Our brains (and body) have the unique ability to recognize and think in terms of patterns. Take these random letters/no’s:<br /> “XEZAEI34SSC.”<br />Say as a pattern, letters/no’s in bold emphasis:<br />“X E Z (pause) A E I (pause) 3 4 S S C”<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />10<br />10/5/2011<br />
  13. 13. Brain waves in sync w/ musical rhythm<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />11<br />10/5/2011<br />
  14. 14. 10/5/2011<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />12<br />trance-heightened states during Music v. drumming as seen on fmri<br />
  15. 15. Participants play structured and free-form rhythms w/ goal of reaching a common mindset, or brain wave entrainment (BWE), enabling group learning and tasking. Led today by trained facilitators & guidelines.<br />To succeed in life, you must be “engaged” in what is happening around you, develop strategies to help your mind stay focused and engaged in what you are doing, rising above adversity and distraction. Group drumming is the platform where you learn to engage the rhythms of your brain, and engage your work and others around you.<br />Modern Uses (see Modern Uses file)<br />What is a Drum Circle?<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />13<br />10/5/2011<br />
  16. 16. Health Applications of Drum Circles<br /><ul><li>Socialization: confidence, mental health, intimacy, outreach, recreation, dispute resolution *,**
  17. 17. Movement disorders: senior health, disorders, fitness, youth activities, sports training *
  18. 18. Sensory integration: SPDs, cognitive development, music therapy*
  19. 19. General Health & Wellness, Stress Reduction**
  20. 20. Biofeedback: Management of chronic illness, cancer**
  21. 21. BWE/Trance work: Behavioral modification*, **</li></ul>* Dolle research ** B. Bittman, M.D. (Meadeville, PA, Research)<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />14<br />10/5/2011<br />
  22. 22. Drumming for the Brain: six key Areas<br />Cognition/proprioception: my discovery was intuitive w/ hand/finger movements to sustain mental focus during driving, akin to Ricky Henderson base-stealing, broad IQ health benefits. Fingers, hands & body rhythms boost brain focus and mental output<br />Movement/coordination: my discovery was intuitive, my choreographed movements by taping on hips, legs, counters, and engaged surfaces, play to move, SCI workshop, today use of basketball (likely aid autism).<br />SI Therapy (In cases of SPDs): results were found in my 2002 SI study, was not drumming at the time, made therapeutic audiotape, later learned that drumming was aiding my SI tolerance, also benefits in learning (likely aid autism)<br />Socialization: team-building, corporate, family, youth, community<br />Language Development: learning of foreign language, non-verbal communications <br />BWE/Trance States: team-building, health & disease mgt., behavioral modification, integrative medicine, mental health<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />15<br />10/5/2011<br />
  23. 23. Dolle 2002 Study of spd w/ Metronome- unsyncopated patterns impair cognition-syncopated patterns aid cognition (Mozart Effect)*-findings are relevant to learning and productivity in noisy environments-SEE paper on web site for more details<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />16<br />10/5/2011<br />
  24. 24. Socialization & Brain Wave Entrainment<br /> Group BWE occurs p/ 8-10 min.<br /> Play of slow bass rhythms are conducive to Theta brain waves & trance states, good for team-building and behavioral modification.<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />17<br />10/5/2011<br />
  25. 25. Drumming in Education (Steam3 prospects)<br />Special Education/Disability & SPDs<br />Drumming exercises may prepare for Learning of Foreign Language<br />Creative Musical Rhythm Applications in Science Class, i.e. Circadian Rhythms<br />Teacher BWE, Tempo, and Engagement in Class Teaching – demo in Drum Circle 10.6.11<br />Socialization and Team-Building in Learning thru Rhythmic Games<br />Movement Disorders/Disability, Exercise & Fitness<br />(At right: K grade students learn team-building) <br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />18<br />10/5/2011<br />
  26. 26. Steam3 class discussion -- october 6, 2011<br />Circadian Rhythms (sleep wake cycle) are regulated by the Pineal Gland in the Brain.<br />Circadian Rhythms follow an approx. 24-hr cycle and are found in each living cell.<br />Music follows mathematics. Instruments + Arrangement + Variables = Balanced Sound<br />Your Skills today are often due to Genetic Predispositions (GP), skills that are passed on from earlier ancestors, dating back almost 1M years. Modern Civilization mostly deals with last 150-200 years. <br />Discover your GPs thru Drumming and similar Free-Thinking activities.<br />Create a 20-sec Elevator Pitch on “who you are” for your career prospects.<br />10/5/2011<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />19<br />
  27. 27. A Drum Circle is a conversation: People (and students) are attracted to things that are Real and Cool. This Principal drives Participation and Dynamics within the Drum Circle.<br />Drumming is Trusting your Instincts, Connecting with Others, Following the Cool, Engaging your Intent, Vocal Intonations, and Tempo (Rhythm). <br />Students Entrain to their Teacher’s Intent, Tempo, Vocal Intonations, and Brain Waves. Know these and Engage your Students. Introduce Rhythmic Games& Participation.<br />10/5/2011<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />20<br />Steam3 drum circle on CAB front lawn<br />Stephen Dolle demonstrates hands on play and brain wave entrainment (BWE) in this drum circle.<br />
  28. 28. Need for spd “sound emissions Std” for Audio & machinery in Public Places: disability & triggers<br />Audio & noise emissions cause behavioral and medical sequelain 10-20% of population, exacerbating health status & disability.<br />Need for Standard/Algorithm to rate Audio & Machinery Noise covering:<br />- volume - EQ - rhythmic pattern & syncopation - pitch frequency variation - and percent of wave form at peak EQ.<br />Sound emissions can exacerbate & trigger medical sequela, behavioral outbursts, and disability in persons w/ SPDs and hyperacusis.<br />Worst Offenders = machinery, TV commercials, skateboards, loud music, white noise in busy public places & buildings.<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />21<br />10/5/2011<br />
  29. 29. Drumming aids Movement Disorders/Disability<br />Brain Injury/Neurological Dis. <br />Parkinson’s Disease<br />Autism Spectrum Disorders<br />Cerebral Palsy<br />Multiple Sclerosis<br />Spinal Chord Injury<br />Arthritis<br />Obesity/Eating Disorders*<br />* Applicable to sports & fitness<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />22<br />10/5/2011<br />
  30. 30. Music & the Supernatural<br />Religion/Faith: Belief in Unseen<br />Shamanism<br />Charisms<br />Intuitive Abilities<br />Healing<br />Savants & Persons w/ Neurological Dis.<br />(links in next slide)<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />23<br />10/5/2011<br />
  31. 31. Studies on Brain imaging & Trance States<br />1. Professional Musicians Achieve Trance States during Play<br />2. Women Fall into Trance during orgasm<br />3. Persons Speaking in Religious Tongues<br />4. Brain Activity During Meditation<br />5. Brain Activity During Fasting<br />6. Cerebellum in Motor Timing: PETStudy of Auditory and Visual Rhythm<br />7. Auditory-Motor Interactions in Music Performance<br />8. Stanford 2006 Auditory Driving Study on Types of Rhythm & Trance States<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />24<br />10/5/2011<br />
  32. 32. Stories/Experiences in Drum circle facilitation<br />Senior Centers w/ Prof. Julie Freelove Charton (UCSD Dept. of Gerontology)<br />Girls Inc. of Orange County<br />New Directions for Women (drug & alcohol addiction treatment)<br />High Hopes (OC head injury program)<br />Spinal Chord Injury (Orange County)<br />Friendship Shelter of Laguna Beach (homeless shelter)<br />Drumming Assessments in my Neurological Consults<br />Laguna Beach Full Moon Drum Circles<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />25<br />10/5/2011<br />
  33. 33. Community Drumming<br /> Orange County Drum Circle<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />26<br />10/5/2011<br />
  34. 34. Building a Music/Arts Organization: Business & Marketing, Social Networks, volunteering<br />Dolle Communications Web Site<br />Facebook Page/Stephen-Dolle<br />Twitter: ProfessorMac!/professormac<br /> Dolle<br /> County Drum Circle<br />Volunteerism, community events, word of mouth, paid events, partnerships<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />27<br />10/5/2011<br />
  35. 35. Drumming & education steam3 Highlights<br />Drumming Warm-up Prospects in Language Curriculums<br />Drumming Benefits in Movement & SPD Disorders/Disability<br />Prospects of Drumming /Trance Work in Behavioral Modification<br />Applications of BWE, Teacher Tempo, and Engagement in Student Learning<br />Prospects for Class Team-Building & Rhythmic Games in Learning<br />Health & Fitness Prospects of Drumming & Rhythmic Activities<br />Creative Applications of Musical Rhythm in Teaching Science, eg. Circadian Rhythms in Biology, Animals, and Humans<br />10/5/2011<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />28<br />
  36. 36. Steam 3 Lecture Feedback form<br />Please reply by email or copy/paste this “Feedback Form” to submit feedback on this presentation.<br />Not at AllExtremely<br />How relevant was this presentation to your career/work: 0 1 2 3 4 5<br />Was the material presented in an informative manner: 0 1 2 3 4 5<br />Is the material worth sharing with others: 0 1 2 3 4 5<br />How knowledgeable was the presenter: 0 1 2 3 4 5<br />How interesting was the presenter: 0 1 2 3 4 5<br />How would you rate the overall quality of the program: 0 1 2 3 4 5<br />If interested in hearing more about drumming, leave your contact information below:<br />Name: Company/Organization:<br />Telephone: Email:<br />City: Comments:<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />29<br />10/5/2011<br />
  37. 37. THANK YOU<br />Presentation<br />by<br />Stephen Dolle<br />DOLLE COMMUNICATIONS<br />3908 ½ River Ave.<br />Newport Beach, CA 92663<br />Tel. (949) 642-4592<br />Mobile (714) 749-0851<br /><br /><br />Facebook/Stephen-Dolle<br />Stephen Dolle/Engage the Rhythms of your Brain<br />30<br />10/5/2011<br />