Notes from the ‘fascinating’ talk Jeffrey Schwartz gave today at the IdeaFestival

From Stephanie West Allen’s blog on Neuroscience and conflict resolution .

Jeffrey_schwartz_1( Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee—click photo for larger image)

As I announced a while back, Jeff Schwartz spoke this morning at the 2007 IdeaFestival™ in Louisville, Kentucky; his talk was called The Mind and the Brain (just as is one of his books). Wayne Hall blogged about Jeff’s presentation and concluded the post with: “This has been a fascinating talk that I’m certain my notes don’t capture adequately.”

You may read the Hall notes on the Schwartz talk here. Some of the highlights (the quotation marks indicate a direct quote of Jeff from the talk) . . .

Cognitive reframing has a big effect on the brain by lowering negative emotion. One can quite easily train people to reframe . . .  .
. . .

Reframing “markedly, radically” changes how the brain responds . . . , and, in fact, college kids can do this after only couple days of training. What happens is that the frontal cortex area is activated and a marked decrease in fear in the brain is observed.
. . .

“The brain puts out the call, the mind decides whether to listen.” The brain will respond in an animal-like way, but the human mind has the capacity to focus a very special kind of attention, one that can change or damp down damaging or fearful responses.
. . .

“The brain doesn’t create consciousness, but perhaps modulates the consciousness that it receives.”

Read the rest of the notes about Jeff’s talk here. Thanks to quick-blogger Hall, you also can read notes on the talks of other fine thinkers at the this year’s IdeaFestival™. They include . . .

For more of the blog posts on the IdeaFestival presentations, go here and read the posts beginning on September 13. All the speakers at 2007 IdeaFestival™.


Stephanie West Allen

Stephanie West Allen, JD, practiced law in California for several years, held offices in local bar associations, and wrote chapters for California Continuing Education of the Bar. While in CA, Stephanie completed several five-day mediation training programs with the Center for Mediation in Law, as well as a two-year intensive… MORE >

Featured Mediators

View all

Read these next


The Argument As A Persuasive Tool In Negotiation

There is a famous sketch by Monty Python in which the lead character (Michael Palin) is looking to buy a five-minute argument. He walks into an office where the receptionist...

By Jeffrey Krivis

Negotiation and Mediation: Is that a Law Student’s Cup of Tea?

Ever wondered why mooting or debating is a very essential part of a law student’s life? Ever wondered what kind of skills a law student can develop by participating in...

By Sandeep Bhalothia

Don’t Take Advantage of Me

PGP Mediation Blog by Phyllis G. Pollack In its July 21, 2012 edition, The Economist (in an article entitled “ ‘Snot Fair”) discusses a research project conducted by Dr. Nicola...

By Phyllis Pollack

Find a Mediator