The Prefrontal Paradox

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The brain's executive function wiring in the prefrontal cortex requires disciplined, intentional activities performed on a regular basis. In order to perform disciplined, intentional activities on a regular basis, we need robust wiring in the executive function areas of the prefrontal cortex. What to do?

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  • Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex (vmPFC)
  • http://www.pnas.org/content/110/11/4165.figures-only
    Stimulating PFC Improves Self-Control
    http://www.uth.edu/media/story.htm?id=46f87d5f-d4f1-4af3-bffd-815270bcc0df

    What makes us human? Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex – not present in macaques
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_releases_for_journalists/140129.html
  • Stimulating PFC Improves Self-Control
    http://www.uth.edu/media/story.htm?id=46f87d5f-d4f1-4af3-bffd-815270bcc0df

    What makes us human? Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex – not present in macaques
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_releases_for_journalists/140129.html
  • Stimulating PFC Improves Self-Control
    http://www.uth.edu/media/story.htm?id=46f87d5f-d4f1-4af3-bffd-815270bcc0df

    What makes us human? Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex – not present in macaques
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_releases_for_journalists/140129.html
  • Drinkers Tend to Jump the Gun - http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=161949&CultureCode=en
  • "Every characteristic absence of spirituality, every piece of common vulgarity, is due to an inability to resist a stimulus." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Drinkers Tend to Jump the Gun - http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=161949&CultureCode=en
  • The Prefrontal Paradox

    1. 1. The Prefrontal Paradox 1 = Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex (vmPFC)
    2. 2. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is the anterior portion of the brain’s frontal lobes. The vmPFC is involved in planning complex actions and in the expression of personality and approp- riate social behavior. It activates so-called Executive Functions. 2 The Prefrontal Paradox
    3. 3. The vmPFC is also responsible for mediating conflicting thoughts, making choices, and governing social control. When pathways between the prefrontal cortex and the rest of the brain are damaged, or temporarily inhibited, adverse personality changes can result. Executive Functions Planning Keeping track of time Skillful listening Evaluating ideas Self- reflecting Exercising mental flexibility Engaging positively with groups Asking for help Controlling emotions and impulses 3 Growth mindset Big picture thinking/ Expanded capacity for complexity
    4. 4. The Paradox In order to have robust impulse control (along with all the other Executive Functions) we need a robustly enriched neural fiber net- work between the emotional-threat-detection centers of the brain (CeA – Central nucleus of the Amygdala) and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). In order to grow a massively enriched CeA - vmPFC neural fiber network, we need to already have robust impulse control. 4 The Prefrontal Paradox
    5. 5. How might we address and resolve it? 5 The Prefrontal Paradox
    6. 6. 6 by increasing activity here … Learning to modulate activity here… …and here… …and here… …and here. Through Personalized Neural Integration Practices Integration: the organization of constituent elements into a coordinated, harmonious whole.
    7. 7. To find out more, email: floweringbrain@gmail.com 7 The Prefrontal Paradox

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