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The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast provides support for school leadership and the workplace with a proven approach for implementing social and emotional learning as it’s well-known in our schools today and emotional intelligence in the modern workplace, with a proven strategy to increase well-being, achievement and results, backed by the most current neuroscience research.

Andrea Samadi, a teacher from Toronto, (now living in Arizona, USA) began working with success and social and emotional learning principles with students in the late 1990s. Her programs, and trainings, grounded in brain-based research and practical neuroscience, help parents, teachers, coaches and employees to optimize learning, well-being and achievement at home, school or the workplace. Learn more at https://www.achieveit360.com

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The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast provides support for school leadership and the workplace with a proven approach for implementing social and emotional learning as it’s well-known in our schools today and emotional intelligence in the modern workplace, with a proven strategy to increase well-being, achievement and results, backed by the most current neuroscience research.

Andrea Samadi, a teacher from Toronto, (now living in Arizona, USA) began working with success and social and emotional learning principles with students in the late 1990s. Her programs, and trainings, grounded in brain-based research and practical neuroscience, help parents, teachers, coaches and employees to optimize learning, well-being and achievement at home, school or the workplace. Learn more at https://www.achieveit360.com

    A Deep Dive with Andrea Samadi into ”Applying the Silva Method: Dynamic Meditation and Improved Memory” PART 2

    A Deep Dive with Andrea Samadi into ”Applying the Silva Method: Dynamic Meditation and Improved Memory” PART 2

    “Once we learn to use our mind to train it, it will do some astounding things for us, as you will soon see.” Jose Silva (August 11, 1914-February 7, 1999) author of The Silva Mind Control Method.

    On today’s Episode #262 we will cover
    ✔ A Review of PART 1 of this series (How to access the ALPHA BRAIN STATE, Creating A Mental Screen for Visualization and Problem Solving).
    ✔ Ch 4- Dynamic Meditation
    ✔ The 4 Laws that must be in place BEFORE we visualize a goal.
    ✔ How these 4 Laws mirror Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich book.
    ✔ 3 STEPS to SOLVE ANY PROBLEM Using the Silva Method.
    ✔ Ch 5- Improving Memory
    ✔ Where Silva's Memory Hacks have been seen on previous episodes and in the motivational speaking industry.
    Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast and PART 2 of our Review of Jose Silva’s Mind Control Program. I’m Andrea Samadi an author and an educator, who like many of you listening, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind ANY high performance strategy proven to increase our results in our schools, sports, and modern workplaces. If there’s something NEW that I come across that can help us in any way, I’ll investigate it, connect it with the most current research, and then share what I learn with you here.
    At the start of this year, I reviewed Napoleon Hill’s Best-Selling Think and Grow Rich[i] book, with a deep dive into many of the concepts that have been put to a practical test by millions of people around the world over the years. This is THE book that my mentor Bob Proctor spent his lifetime studying, and it remains on my desk as a resource to visit when I need some inspiration, or some wise words of wisdom to push me forward. Then I came across Jose Silva’s work on our resent EPISODE #260, a fascinating program that I had heard about when I worked in the seminar industry, and I knew it was time to slow down the podcast, and see what Jose Silva’s program covered, and if his work could help us all with whatever it is that we are working on.
    My goal with this review of The Silva Method[ii], is to help all of us to learn something new to refine our current meditation practice whether we are working in our schools to improve learning, in our sports environments for improved results towards a specific goal, or in the corporate workplace to generate new ideas. I wouldn’t have picked this book to review if it hadn’t made such an impact on the world, like Napoleon Hills’ book.
    In PART 1[iii] of our review, on our last episode, we covered:
    ✔ CH 1- Using More of Our Mind in Special Ways: An Introduction to the Silva Mind Control Method
    ✔ What this program has done for others.
    ✔ Ch 2- Meet Jose
    ✔ Ch 3- How to Meditate: A review of the brain states (BETA, ALPHA, THETA, DELTA).
    ✔ How to quickly access the ALPHA STATE to improve creativity, and intuition.
    ✔ Using A Mental Screen in Your Mind for Heightened Visualization
    ✔ How to Help Yourself and Others Using a Mental Screen in Our Mind
    After recording this episode, there were some important parts that I forgot to add in, but since each of these episodes is cumulative, building off the last episode, I’ll be sure to add in anything important along the way. As I’m writing these episodes, as I’m also learning along with you.
    ***If you are listening to this episode, and have not yet listened to PART 1, please do begin with PART 1 of this series, to maximize each concept we will be learning, and practicing. Each lesson builds off the next, in The Silva Method, which to me could be described as a combination between meditation, and self-hypnosis all in one. I’ll be sharing Silva’s Method, chapter by chapter, with clear examples of how to put it into practice, and how his method can help all of us to train our brain to do some astounding things.
    I wanted to cover The Silva Method on this podcast, as years ago, no one spoke about the power of hypnosis, or

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    A Deep Dive with Andrea Samadi into ”Applying the Silva Method: For Improved Intuition, Creativity and Focus” PART 1

    A Deep Dive with Andrea Samadi into ”Applying the Silva Method: For Improved Intuition, Creativity and Focus” PART 1

    “Once we learn to use our mind to train it, it will do some astounding things for us, as you will soon see.” Jose Silva (August 11, 1914-February 7, 1999) author of The Silva Mind Control Method.

    Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast I’m Andrea Samadi and like many of you listening,  have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies to increase our results in our schools, sports, and modern workplaces.
    As we are in the midst of holiday season here with Thanksgiving this past week in the US, and Christmas fast approaching, we will be narrowing our focus here on the podcast and resuming interviews in the New Year.  Until then, this episode will launch a series where I’ll be taking us on a deep dive into the benefits of developing a meditation practice. While I’m sure those who tune into this podcast already have a practice in place, I wanted to cover a meditation method that I came across years ago, that our last interview, with Dr. Hasan Ibne Akram reminded me about.
    The goal of this series is to help all of us to reduce stress with this practice, but also to see if we can learn something new, and refine our practice for those who work in our schools to improve learning, in our sports environments for improved focus and concentration towards a specific goal, and in the corporate workplace for ideas to improve creativity and focus. We will begin this series reviewing Jose Silva and Philip Miele’s The Silva Mind Control Method[i] that’s based on the Revolutionary Program by the Founder of the World’s Most Famous Mind Control Course.
    Ch 1: Using Our Mind in Special Ways
    This course is something I came across while working in the seminar industry, and while interviewing Dr. Hasan Ibne Akram, on our last EPISODE #260[ii], he reminded me of Jose Silva’s program, that helped him with his self-esteem as a teenager, in addition to his studies, and a few other areas of his life, and this reminded me that I had come across Jose Silva’s work years ago. I’d actually forgotten about this book, and many of the techniques we learned that were adaptations of Silva’s work, and I thought that since meditation is helping so many people around the world, and it’s now mainstream in our schools, with athletes, and in the corporate world, it would be fascinating to look closer at Jose Silva’s Method, to see if it could help all of us to enhance our current meditation practice, myself included. Then I dove into The Silva Method, and realized his work is going to need to be broken up over a few episodes, like we did with The Think and Grow Rich[iii] book review, just to make it applicable for all of us, and give each chapter careful consideration as we look to see what parts of The Silva Method, could help us to improve our own lives.  I wanted to release this episode last Friday, but in order to cover this topic properly, I knew I had to review the Silva Method thoroughly myself, do exactly what he instructs us to do, and not cut any corners. So this weekend, instead of recording, I reviewed and practiced the strategies in the first three chapters of this book, making more connections to past episodes, and increasing my learning and understanding before sharing these ideas with you.
    If you listened to our episode #258 with Friederike Fabritius, on her new book, The Brain-Friendly Workplace, I asked her what science has to say about those flashes of insight that we ALL have access to for improved creativity and performance, and she explained that “when you are relaxed, your brain waves slow down to the alpha state.”

    Friederike further explained that we can measure these brain waves with EEG scans and that at moments of insight, or those AHA Moments, the brain has “gamma oscillations” that can be trained and measured that she called “The Gamma Insight Effect.”

    After speaking with Friederike, I wondered HOW we could A

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    Serial Entrepreneur and Computer Scientist, Hasan Ibne Akram, Pd. D. on Breaking Down the Mindset of ”The Million Dollar Monk”

    Serial Entrepreneur and Computer Scientist, Hasan Ibne Akram, Pd. D. on Breaking Down the Mindset of ”The Million Dollar Monk”

    “If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” Maya Angelou
    Watch this interview on YouTube here https://youtu.be/oxdz07FUMOc

     
    On this episode we will cover:
    ✔ How Dr. Hasan Ibne Akram found The Neuroscience Meets SEL Podcast, and what resonated with him, with our content.
    ✔ Why after building 7 companies, Dr. Hasan is looking at leaving a legacy that lasts far beyond this lifetime.
    ✔ Where Dr. Hasan has been focused in the business world (Brainvincible and Matrickz) and why he wants to help others to achieve financial freedom.
    ✔ For the man known to be "The Most Disciplined Man in Germany" what discipline means to him.
    ✔ What he thinks discipline can do for someone over long periods of time.
    ✔ What he cautions us about with being tied to the outcomes of our daily results.
    ✔ How this book he came across when he was 16 (that I also read) completely changed who he was, increased his self-esteem and skyrocketed his success in business and life.
    ✔ How he thinks people like Edison, Einstein and Michael Jackson used the principles in this book, to reach breakthrough levels in their life and work.
    ✔ About the strangest longevity strategy he's ever heard!
    Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast where we bridge the gap between theory and practice, with strategies, tools and ideas we can all use immediately. I’m Andrea Samadi and launched this podcast to share how important an understanding of our brain is for our everyday life and results. It’s probably taken me 3 and a half years  of hosting this podcast, (looking back now) to see how much these weekly interviews have expanded my own self-awareness by picking the brains of some of the most brilliant minds on the planet in high performance, connecting their strategies to the most current brain research, and then sharing what I’m learning with you here on the podcast. If our results really are tied back to our level of awareness, then it makes sense to me that we keep sharing the success secrets, used by those who have risen to the top, with the goal that we can ALL do the same, and take our results to those higher levels of achievement.

    For today’s EPISODE #260, we will be speaking with a serial entrepreneur from Munich, Germany, Dr. Hasan Ibne Akram[i], someone who has been obsessed with high performance and biohacking for years. Since 2005, he’s created disruptive companies in multiple industries (automotive with his company Matrickz[ii], brain and performance, with his company Brainvincible[iii], and real estate to name a few) that are changing the way we live, think, and work. Dr. Hasan reached out to me as he had been enjoying our podcast, and wanted to share his perspective and journey, that he thought could bring value to our audience and I agreed.
    I watched a few of his other interviews, and one that he did a year ago, with Craig Ballantyne[iv] (who’s a well-known business coach and entrepreneur from my hometown, Toronto, Canada)  called “The Millionaire Monk’s Abundance Formula[v]” stuck out to me, so I listened to it. It was here that I learned Dr. Hasan and I have a lot of our influencers in common that he mentioned opened his mind to the possibilities that exist when you fully optimize the power of your brain and mind.

    The program he created, Brainvincible helps those in schools, sports or the workplace to improve their communication and creativity skills, helps athletes to optimize their skills and abilities to achieve precision and regeneration, as well as helping students to improve their study habits to achieve higher grades.  I had to look at who Dr. Hasan studied, and what motivated him to create a course like this, and low and behold, Dr. Hasan, from Munich, Germany, took the same course that I took many years ago, where we both learned how to use the power of visualization to create what we wanted in our life, and use our imaginat

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    World Record Holder, Mike Van Theilen, Ph.D. on ”The Keys to Your Success: Optimizing Productivity and Focus”

    World Record Holder, Mike Van Theilen, Ph.D. on ”The Keys to Your Success: Optimizing Productivity and Focus”

    “One can only perform at maximum potential when in optimal health. Optimal health can easily be obtained and maintained.” --Dr. Mike Van Thielen, whose mission is to help those who really and truly want to regain their health and live longer. Dr. Mike, has written many books[i], in the field of health, wellness, productivity, and biohacking, that all cover important topics that I know we are all interested in on this podcast.
    Watch this interview on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY0nOaiQVFc 

    On this episode we will learn: 
    ✔ Some of the secrets to Dr. Mike's success as a World Record Holder (swimming).
    ✔ How he learned to optimize his productivity and focus to achieve higher levels of success/laser focus in school/sports/work.
    ✔ Why he believes "failure is not an option" and why he doesn't practice one of Michael Phelp's training secrets.
    ✔ Advice he would offer to anyone looking to make an explosive leap with their results.
    ✔ How to develop discipline.
    ✔ The importance of knowing your purpose, and discovering what you are passionate about in life.
    ✔ The role of dopamine as it relates to focus and concentration.
    ✔ Forward thinking preventative health and why it's important for everyone to put their health first.
    Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast where we bridge the gap between theory and practice, with strategies, tools and ideas we can all use immediately, applied to the most current brain research to heighten productivity in our schools, sports environments and modern workplaces. I’m Andrea Samadi and launched this podcast to share how important an understanding of our brain is for our everyday life and results. My vision is to bring the experts to you, share their research, books, ideas and resources to help you to implement their proven strategies, whether you are a teacher working in the classroom or in the corporate environment.

    As a podcast host, I do come across many people, in different areas of the world, and to stay focused, I do stick to a certain theme each season, or I’d be all over the place with researching guests and questions. For this season, we are focused on brain health as it relates to learning, and I’m looking to show how important an understanding of our brain is, for our results and productivity.
    When I came across Dr. Mike’s work, I didn’t even read all of his credentials, as I saw two things that caught my eye. He was the assistant coach and therapist for the Belgian Olympic swim team for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Dr. Mike himself is a current World Record Holder in swimming[ii]. He also holds 28 U.S. National Titles and 2 YMCA National records. He is a proud member of the exclusive WSA – World Sports Alumni, holds a PhD in Holistic Nutrition and is also the Founder of Health Freedom movement. He’s a sought-after speaker who has often shared the stage with celebrities who I’ve met during my time in the motivational speaking industry, like Les Brown, Brian Tracy, and Darren Hardy, owner of Success Magazine.
    He’s also an entrepreneur with vast business experience and a proven track record of establishing and developing successful business operations. Dr. Mike owned several anti-aging clinics in central and northeast Florida and was the CEO of an innovative stem cell clinic, treating top athletes including NFL players and heavyweight boxing champions.Along with his successful career he has managed to be a philanthropist by raising money through many charity events to those who need it most.
    While I speak often about my time in the motivational speaking industry on this podcast, I haven’t mentioned that I spent many of my high school years teaching swimming lessons to pay for my University degree, and would watch these two Belgium swim coaches who would come in every Saturday morning, at the crack of dawn, and run the most incredible swim practices that I’ve ever seen. They had these

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    Neuroscientist, Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author, Friederike Fabritius on her NEW book ”The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People Quit and How to Make Them Stay”

    Neuroscientist, Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author, Friederike Fabritius on her NEW book ”The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People Quit and How to Make Them Stay”

    "The old corporate paradigm of extreme hours, little sleep, endless meetings, and nonstop travel is dead. No one wants to go back to that. It's bad for performance and for everyone's mental and physical health. The future of business is hybrid and requires a flexible new paradigm that helps everyone reach peak performance: the brain-friendly workplace." (Friederike Fabritius)
    Watch this interview on YouTube here https://youtu.be/Mmv9PmuioFs
    On this episode we will learn: 
    ✔ How to create a workplace of the future. A Brain-Friendly Workplace.
    ✔ How an understanding our brain-type, can help us to be happier and more productive in the workplace.
    ✔ What is causing the "Neuro-Gap" and why is it important to have different brain-types represented at the higher levels of corporations or organizations.
    ✔ How can someone with ambition and persistence, move forward into a management position? What should they be prepared to show if their brain-type isn't often represented in these higher level positions?
    ✔ What is lateral or creative thinking, versus linear thinking, and why are both important in the workplace?
    ✔ Where do those "flashes of insight" come from, that creative people can see? Can science prove this type of thinking to be useful?
    ✔ What are the 4 brain types, or neurosignatures, and how can we be sure we understand them for ourselves, and for others?
    ✔ Why is understanding our optimal level of stress important for our workplace productivity and happiness?
    ✔ An example of when Friederike used her neurosignature under pressure.
    ✔ What to expect from some of the interviews in The Brain-Friendly Workplace
    ✔ An important tip from John Medina on the "power problem" that happens at the brain level, for people in positions of leadership.
     

     

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    There’s much more to this new workplace, overriding old, outdated paradigms, than meets the eye, and Friederike Fabritius’s NEW book, The Brain-Friendly Workplace is FULL of ideas to help all of us adapt our workplace, so that our brains will work at their best.  
    Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast where we bridge the gap between theory and practice, with strategies, tools and ideas we can all use immediately, applied to the most current brain research to heighten productivity in our schools, sports environments and modern workplaces. I’m Andrea Samadi and launched this podcast to share how important an understanding of our brain is for our everyday life and results. My vision is to bring the experts to you, share their research, books, ideas and resources to help you to implement their proven strategies, whether you are a teacher working in the classroom or in the corporate environment. Be sure to listen to the EPISODE prior to this one, #257, as I do cover a DEEP DIVE to put us all in the right mind-set, or should I say, brain-set, for today’s interview.
    I’m so very excited for today’s interview, EPISODE #258, as we have a returning guest, from one of our early episodes, #27[i], Friederike Fabritius, all the way from Germany, who dove deep into her book, The Leading Brain: Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier when we first launched our podcast back in 2019. What was crazy about finding Friederike back then, is that I found her on YouTube, from a presentation she did on Leadership and the Brain, and it really helped me to understand the chemicals involved in the brain during peak performance, and what it looks like when the brain is involved i

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    Brain Fact Friday: A DEEP DIVE into The Brain-Friendly Workplace by Friederike Fabritius ”Understanding Our Neurosignature for Improved Happiness at Work”

    Brain Fact Friday: A DEEP DIVE into The Brain-Friendly Workplace by Friederike Fabritius ”Understanding Our Neurosignature for Improved Happiness at Work”

    Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast where we bridge the gap between theory and practice, with strategies, tools and ideas we can all use immediately, applied to the most current brain research to heighten productivity in our schools, sports environments and modern workplaces. I’m Andrea Samadi and launched this podcast to share how important an understanding of our brain is for our everyday life and results.
    On this episode we will cover: 
    ✔ What are the 4 neurosignatures that Friederike Fabritius identifies in her NEW book, The Brain-Friendly Workplace.
    ✔ How to use these neurosignatures to improve workplace productivity, happiness and flow.
    ✔ 3 TIPS for using neurosignatures in YOUR workplace.
    ✔ Preparing for EPISODE #258 with Friederike Fabritius. 
     
    ALL IMAGES FROM THE BRAIN-FRIENDLY WORKPLACE ARE CREDITED TO CAROLIN NISCHWITZ
    For this week’s Brain Fact Friday, and Episode #257, I want to cover Friederike Fabritius’s new book The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People Quit and How to Get Them to Stay[i] as I’ve been reading her book, preparing for our interview Friday morning, and our NEXT episode, and I know I won’t be able to cover everything in one interview. This book is beyond comprehensive and has enough science within it to cover our Brain Fact Fridays for the rest of this year.
    Friederike has been carefully writing this book since our last interview EPISODE #27[ii] back in 2019, when we first launched this podcast, and there are many Aha moments, and connections I’ll highlight on the next episode, when we speak with her, but for today’s Brain Fact Friday, I want to cover something important that her book taught me. It’s the title of her book, The Brain Friendly Workplace, that explains what we all need to happy at work. My goal with this episode is to share Friederike’s science-backed brain discovery of the “neurosignature” that she introduces in the introduction of this book, and how we can all use it to increase our awareness, the meaning we create throughout our day, and add a sense of autonomy with our work. Then I’ll share an example that shows how her discovery of the “neurosignature” will highlight what we all need to be successful and happy in the modern workplace, with our brain in mind, and that it’s not about changing the people (with more training) but it’s about changing the workplace.
    With this paradigm shift in mind, I’ll get straight to the point here—-
    For this week’s Brain Fact Friday, Did YOU KNOW THAT:
    We all have our own “neurosignature,” a unique mix of four key brain chemicals that strongly affects our personality and how we process stress and information?”
    Once we understand our unique “neurosignature” we can learn how to hit our “optimal stress point” and manipulate our “fun, fear, and focus” which is the recipe for reaching peak performance in the workplace.
    In this place of peak performance,  
    Ideas will flow. 
    You’ll feel energized, inspired, and alive.
    You’ll also gain a valuable framework for understanding colleagues and those you interact with their different “neurosignatures.” 
    You’ll get more done in less time 
    You’ll see why changing the workplace is needed, over expecting employees to change with more training. 
    Understanding our unique “neurosignature” is a technique that provides a competitive advantage allowing you work with the flow, rather than against it. 
    This is the whole premise of Friederike Fabritius’s NEW book, The Brain Friendly Workplace where she’s created a new vision for the future of our modern workplaces.
    What are the 4 Neurosignatures?
    Friederike says there are 4 brain systems that we can fall into. Can you recognize yourself? Others you work with? What about those you live with?
    THE DOPAMINE NEUROSIGNATURE:
    Friederike says that “people high in dopamine are curious, energetic, and future-oriented. Inventors and ent

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Customer Reviews

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57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Ellie Mercado ,

Consistently Learning & Implementing SEL Strategies

As a school leader, I love listening to Neuroscience Meets Social Emotional Learning.

I am passionate and committed to creating a sense of belonging and a safe, trusting and nurturing learning environment for all my students and staff so that they can thrive and reach their fullest potential. Each week I learn new strategies, tools and research based actions I can take to implement strategies and learn tools to support the the SEL in my school.

Dr. Sharon Grossman ,

Bite sized brain info to help you in your life

What I love about this podcast is the application of these brain bites. Note I can understand why things happen as they do and what to do about them!

General Principal ,

Very informative!

Love this show.

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