How Neurosciences Can Better Your Life

  • Grades9-Adults
  • DatesMay 31 - July 29, 2024
  • Price$70/per seminar

This six course seminar over the duration of the summer investigates how a better understanding of the human brain can lead to a better you.

Would you like to learn how to apply the recent research in neuroscience to your everyday life in ways that are available to everyone? Join Craig Savage, AP Psychology teacher, in an investigation of the human brain and how a better understanding of our brains can lead to a better you. Whether it’s breaking bad habits or getting more sleep, recent studies in neuroscience show that how our brain works contributes to how we live. By attending these seminars, participants will have a greater ability to navigate their daily lives and reach their full potential!

Interested students can attend seminars individually, choose multi-session packages, or sign up for the entire course! This will count toward Parish Bridge Seminar Requirements for Class of 2025.

Seminar Topics, Dates, Times, and Registration Links can be found below.

Seminar 1: How to Use Brain Chemistry to Improve your Health

            Friday, May 31st      4:00pm-7:00pm

In this session, attendees will learn about the four primary neuromodulators and how they impact our behavior and mental states. We will discuss what actions we can take in terms of behavior and nutrition that allow us to optimize these different modulators to achieve specific goals, improve our mental health, and enhance overall performance.

Seminar 2: Improving your Sleep and Wellbeing

            Friday, June 7th       1:00pm-4:00pm

Research has repeatedly shown that getting enough sleep, and quality sleep, is essential to our overall health. In this seminar, we will explore the science behind sleep’s importance and learn strategies for falling asleep faster, achieving more deep sleep, and staying asleep longer. Results of achieving better sleep are wide-ranging and include benefits to your mental health, physical health, and memory retention.

Seminar 3: Developing and Achieving Goals

            Friday, June 14th     1:00pm-4:00pm

It is common practice to set goals—whether it’s for the week ahead, a New Year’s Resolution, or aspirations for college and career. Did you know, however, that scientists have studied the best way to achieve one’s goals? This seminar introduces attendees to this research and discusses the pros and cons of various strategies, such as visualization, multitasking, and bridging. These discussions may lead to improvement in your performance in school, work, sports, or just personal satisfaction.

Seminar 4: Increasing Tenacity and Willpower

            Monday, July 15th   1:00pm-4:00pm

The promotion of TENACITY has become commonplace both in and outside of the classroom, applauding an individual’s ability to keep going, be resilient, and find success. This admirable trait, however, can be developed and improved. There is a neural foundation to the idea of willpower that stems from our connections to sleep, stress, and more. In this seminar, we will review the research on the science of tenacity and willpower, as well dive into possible protocols that might lead to increasing our tenacity.

Seminar 5: Improve your Memory with Science

            Monday, July 22nd 1:00pm-4:00pm

Whether it’s remembering where we left our keys or a key formula on a math test, we are constantly relying on our memory for important and mundane things, and we could probably all benefit from an improved memory. This seminar explores the different kinds of memories and how they are anchored in our minds. We will discuss how hormones and neurochemicals can be utilized to improve your memory, as well as the impact of sleep, caffeine, vision, emotion, meditation, and exercise on our capacity to remember.

Seminar 6: Stress and Anxiety: Strategies for Managing & Minimizing

            Monday, July 29th   1:00pm-4:00pm

In today’s world, it seems impossible to escape feelings of stress and anxiety, but are you aware of the impact that these feelings have on your body and your brain? In this seminar, we will learn about the different types of stress that affect us, as well as strategies we can implement to minimize the damage from stress in the moment and actions we can take to prevent stress in the future. 

Dates & Times

 SeminarsDates & TimeRegister
Seminar 1How to Use your Brain Chemistry to Improve Your HealthFriday, May 31
Seminar 2Improving your Sleep and WellbeingFriday, June 7
Seminar 3Developing and Achieving GoalsFriday, June 14
Seminar 4Increasing Tenacity and WillpowerMonday, July 15
Seminar 5Improve Your Memory with ScienceMonday, July 22
Seminar 6Stress and Anxiety: Strategies for Managing and MinimizingMonday, July 29

Camp Instructor

Craig Savage, Upper School Science, Parish Episcopal School