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Biography

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berekeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on CBS, BBC, NPR, CBS, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine, and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 100,000 subscribers and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years.

For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

Audio

  • Taking in the Good course (class 8 of 8)

    From Heartache to Love

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    Week 8 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This final class of this series focuses on healthy narcissistic supplies, managing longing for what’s intimate, feeling seen, included, valued, and loved, and why a healthy brain is a benevolent one.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-05-02
    • 01:36:21
  • Taking in the Good course (class 7 of 8)

    From "Greed" to Happiness

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    Week 7 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This class deals with neural nodes of liking and wanting, managing grasping for what’s pleasant, taking in goal attainment, and feeling glad, grateful, and fulfilled.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-04-25
    • 01:26:59
  • Taking in the Good course (class 6 of 8)

    From "Hatred" to Peace

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    Week 6 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This class, guest-taught by Cassandra Vieten, PhD, focuses on activating the calming, soothing parasympathetic nervous system, building inner strength, feeling safer, managing aversion to what’s unpleasant, and giving no one cause to fear you.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-04-18
    • 01:24:42
  • Taking in the Good course (class 5 of 8)

    Filling the Hole in Your Heart

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    Week 5 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This class deals with how losses and wounds affect us. Key “antidote experiences” for disturbances in the brain’s avoiding, approaching, and attaching systems. How to pair positive and negative experiences to heal distress and dysfunction.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-04-11
    • 01:37:18
  • Taking in the Good course (class 4 of 8)

    Resourcing Yourself

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    Week 4 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This class focuses on the importance of inner resources, and turning toward the good facts in the world, relationships, and yourself. Working with methods of clearing obstructions to taking in the good.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-04-04
    • 01:23:35
  • Taking in the Good course (class 3 of 8)

    The Good Brain

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    Week 3 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This class deals with the reptile, mammal, and primate/human layers of the brain that evolved to meet our three fundamental needs: avoiding harms, approaching rewards, and attaching to others.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-03-28
    • 01:31:08
  • Taking in the Good course (class 2 of 8)

    The Power of Mindfulness

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    Week 2 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This class looks at the critical role of attention in changing the brain, neurological diversity: from “turtles” to “jackrabbits,” and brain-savvy ways to deepen mindfulness.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-03-21
    • 01:36:02
  • Taking in the Good course (class 1 of 8)

    The Enchanted Loom

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    Week 1 of the course Taking in the Good: Weaving Peace, Happiness, and Love into Your Brain and Yourself.

    This first class addresses brain basics, including how the mind changes the brain, getting on your own side, and self-compassion.

    • Taking in the Good
    • 2012-03-14
    • 01:15:44
  • "Neuroscience of Well-being Panel" with Cassandra Vieten, Rick Hanson, and Michael Spezio

    IONS Research Director Cassandra Vieten leads a panel on the Neuroscience of Well-being with Rick Hanson and Michael Spezio for the Next Evolution of Health Summit.

    • Lectures
    • 2010-12-12
    • 01:31:43
  • "The Buddha's Brain" with Rick Hanson

    The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

    Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and other great teachers were all born with a brain built essentially like anyone else’s. Then they used their minds to change their brains in ways that changed history. With the new breakthroughs in neuroscience, combined with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice ...

    • Teleseminars
    • 2010-07-14
    • 01:06:50

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