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Tough Mudder Winnipegger races against the world on Saturday – Winnipeg Free Press   3 comments

Caelin White knows he will spend 24 hours trudging through layers of ice-cold mud and climbing 12-foot walls, one after another.

Possibly while carrying a truck tire.

What he doesn’t know is in what order he will have to tackle these obstacles, and just how many times he will actually finish the 16-kilometre course as part of the World’s Toughest Mudder race in Englishtown, N.J.

White, 33, left Winnipeg on Wednesday and will start racing Saturday at 9 a.m. to complete the Tough Mudder obstacle course as many times as possible before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Manitoba is racing to raise awareness of mental health — specifically the stigma placed on those with mental health issues, and a lack of access to services.

“This obstacle course that I’m running is like a perfect parallel for what people in Canada have to endure to get mental health services, it’s just obstacle after obstacle,” he said.

White, who serves on the board of the Manitoba Psychological Society, started the Mind Your Mental Health campaign to align with his Tough Mudder race.

You can read more on the website:

Do watch the short video profile which also shows some of the actual activity of the race.

AN : having lived for a decade and a half in Winnipeg I understand the psyche of the people  and the climate conditions there. Lets put it this way….Siberia, Russia  is warm compared to Winnipeg.

But what that brings out in you , as demonstrated in this article and profile, is tough people who can tough it out and sharing, caring people because they recognize the essentials of life and the need for cooperation.

The ” Tough Mudder ” race in its various iterations has become a phenom celeb in the endurance style race / competitions.It has been billed as : “Tough Mudder – Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet ”  .

“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $3 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.”

How does this profile / article fit in with thought leadership ? Precisely because we may think only that creative and critical thinking is the main forms of thought leadership. I would submit that the use of the mind , in testing the limits of  coordination with physical endurance and stamina, is also a significant indicator of mental capabilities. Mind over matter , if you will, matters too !

“We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.”

I applaude Caelin White and others who challenge themselves for causes like mental illness etc and do things that test the limits so that others can have hope and help.

via Tough Mudder Winnipegger races against the world on Saturday – Winnipeg Free Press.

Posted November 17, 2012 by arnoneumann in Mental_Health, Tough_Mudder

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Personalized Medicine Is Social Medicine | Neuroanthropology   Leave a comment

With the nervous system, personalization inevitably happens through familial, social, and cultural relations, contexts and meanings. At the same time, the personalization involves neural wiring, epigenetic mechanisms, and developmental canalization. It is biocultural in the utmost sense of the word. And trying to make sense of these mutual dynamics is one of the main themes of the Culture, Mind and Brain conference that will take place in Los Angeles in a couple weeks.

In other words, “personalized medicine” cannot be disembodied medicine, forgetting the reciprocal interactions between the person’s nervous system and the developmental and social processes that help define who that person is, not just in the sense of identity but also at the level of basic neurological function. Personalized inevitably is social; personalized medicine should be too.”

AN : mental and emotional health are entwined with the social mileu of an individual. Any pathology can be positivly influenced by ones environment.


via Personalized Medicine Is Social Medicine | Neuroanthropology.

Study: The Bigger Your Brain, the More Friendships You Can Manage – Forbes   1 comment

“Professor Robin Dunbar is best known for his work related to how many stable social relationships the human brain can manage. In earlier research, he argued that the optimal number of active relationships is 150 — now famously known as the “Dunbar Number.”

Dunbar is once again delving into the brain’s social capacity, but this time he’s focused on the size of the orbital prefrontal cortex (aka, the frontal lobe), the part of the brain involved in high-level thinking that sits just above our eyes.  Dunbar and collegues have found that the size of this brain area correlates with the number of friendships a person is capable of managing.

The study suggests that we need to employ a set of cognitive skills to maintain a large number of friends, known in psychology circles as “mentalizing” or “mind-reading”– an ability to understand what another person is thinking, which is crucial to our ability to handle our complex social world, including the ability to hold conversations with one another.

According to Professor Dunbar, as reported by Science Daily,’”Mentalizing” is where one individual is able to follow a natural hierarchy involving other individuals’ mind states. For example, in the play ‘Othello’, Shakespeare manages to keep track of five separate mental states: he intended that his audience believes that Iago wants Othello to suppose that Desdemona loves Cassio. Being able to maintain five separate individuals’ mental states is the natural upper limit for most adults.”

The researchers took brain scans of 40 volunteers to measure the size of the prefrontal cortex. Participants were then asked to make a list of everyone they had had social (not professional) contact with over the previous seven days. They also took a test to determine their competency in mentalizing.

Dunbar adds, “We found that individuals who had more friends did better on mentalizing tasks and had more neural volume in the orbital frontal cortex. Understanding this link between an individual’s brain size and the number of friends they have helps us understand the mechanisms that have led to humans developing bigger brains than other primate species. The frontal lobes of the brain, in particular, have enlarged dramatically in humans over the last half million years.” ”

The study was published in The Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Biological Sciences.

via Study: The Bigger Your Brain, the More Friendships You Can Manage – Forbes.

The minds of creative geniuses, like Steve Jobs, remain a scientific mystery – The Globe and Mail   Leave a comment

“Interviews with creative people reveal that inspiration and ideas often come to them when they aren’t looking for them, when they are in the shower, or running, or having trouble falling asleep, Dr. Andreasen reported in a recent research paper.

This suggests that creativity involves an unconscious rather than a conscious process, she said.

Toronto researcher Oshin Vartanian suspects that creativity is related to the ability to stifle our inner critic. He is interested in how some parts of the brain are silenced so that out-of-the box ideas can emerge.

Dr. Vartanian painstakingly maps regions that are either activated or suppressed during creative problem-solving and then looks to see whether patients with damage to those areas have difficulty performing the same kind of tasks.

There are, however, also many different kinds of creativity. A jazz musician may come up with a new idea in a very different way from a mathematician. Researchers are getting closer to understanding the mechanisms involved in different kinds of creativity, where they overlap and the features they have in common.”


via The minds of creative geniuses, like Steve Jobs, remain a scientific mystery – The Globe and Mail.

Posted October 7, 2011 by arnoneumann in creativity, Innovation

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