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SYM5: Keeping Body Awareness in Mind: Top-Down Modulation of Sensorimotor Brain Rhythms as a Therapeutic Mechanism

aaPresenter(s)

Catherine Kerr, PhD

Date

Aug 30, 2012

Conference 2012

2012 Conference Workshop

Open To: Public / Practitioners / Trainees

Time(s):
8:30am-12:15pm

Cost: 2-Day Symposium registration is $300, which includes all symposium lectures, lunch each day, and evening events/keynote.

Description

What happens when we attend to body sensations? How are brain rhythms that facilitate perception and movement actively changed when we train in a somatic meditative practice such as mindfulness or Tai Chi? This talk focuses on our experiments looking at mindfulness and Tai Chi’s efficacy in controlling specific, localized brain rhythms recorded in somatosensory cortex and in synchronies between primary motor cortex and muscles. The talk is relevant for Feldenkrais® practitioners as it considers a generalized model for understanding how body attention and perceptual feedback are important catalysts for therapeutic change.

Presenter Bio(s)

Catherine Kerr (BA, Amherst College, PhD the Johns Hopkins University) is an assistant professor in Family Medicine at Brown University and a member of the Contemplative Studies Initiative (for which she is Director of Translational Neuroscience). She investigates mind-body interaction, looking specifically at how meditative attentional training modulates brain rhythm dynamics in peri-rolandic cortex. 
http://brown.academia.edu/CatherineKerr
http://research.brown.edu/research/profile.php?id=1314807477

Contact Information

FELDENKRAIS GUILD® of North America
800.775.2118
Practitioner & Trainees: http://www.feldenkrais.com/events/conference/2012/
Public: http://www.feldenkrais.com/events/conference/2012_public

Venue/Location

San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
1770 South Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo    CA  94402
USA