Guests: Dr. Jud Brewer, Brown University neuroscientist and psychiatrist - Dr. Romie Mushtaq, neurologist and mindfulness trainer - Dr. Jon Caldwell, trauma-informed psychologist and clinical research investigator
- S1 E1: These Uncertain Times -
The initial news of this coronavirus didn’t hit everyone at the same time or in the same way…but it did hit everyone. For each of us, there was a turning point where the virus first changed our thoughts and behaviors. But no matter what your first act of pandemic life was, the reason your brain prompted you to stop and do something different was because it was doing its job.
So, what exactly does fear do to the brain? And how can we guide our minds toward calm in these uncertain times?
Credits - This episode was produced, reported, edited and sound designed by David Condos. Original music composed by Adam Bokesch (https://open.spotify.com/artist/2p01X9u8SiKbMseuTkgdoI?si=kiH6echoQQiFxUm0Raritw). Editorial support from Julia Barton of Pushkin Industries through a mentorship provided by the Association of Independents in Radio.
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Resources - For more on the study by Penn State University and Towson University about the contrast avoidance model, visit https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24680226/.
Big thanks to Dr. Jud Brewer, Dr. Romie Mushtaq and Dr. Jon Caldwell for lending us their expertise on this episode. You can find more resources from Dr. Jud Brewer at https://drjud.com/. There you can find links to his TED Talk, his YouTube video series on overcoming coronavirus anxiety and more info about the Unwinding Anxiety app that his team developed.
For more from Dr. Romie Mushtaq, visit https://drromie.com/. There you can listen to episodes of her podcast, Wellness Evolved, and learn more about her brainSHIFT program, which uses mindfulness to calm our busy brains.
You can listen to a longer interview I did with Dr. Jon Caldwell during the early stages of the pandemic at https://beyondtheorypodcast.com/dr-jon-caldwell-on-leaning-into-fear-during-covid-19/. You can also read an article that Dr. Caldwell wrote about the benefits of leaning into fear at themeadows.com/blog/leaning-into-fear/.