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Stephanie 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 a number of five-day mediation training programs, including several with the Center... Full Bio
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My absence from posting here will be over soon: Why I have been gone by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Due to a death in my family, I have not been an active blogger here or at idealawg. I plan to come back to posting in the very near future. Read on »
Adding "neuro" to a word supposedly adds credibility but often signals neurohype by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Listen to Christian Jarrett, neuroscientist turned science writer, describing the many myths about the brain covered in today's media (kuow.org). The interview of Jarrett is ... Read on »
Seven challenges when using the neuroscience lens to see the world by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Over the years, I have learned that people reading this blog come from a wide range of belief systems, including atheist, agnostic, and those involved to large or small degr ... Read on »
Wish to learn more about learning? Two new books on changing the brain through learning by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health T-shirt from this year's APS conference Does resolving conflict require learning? Typically, yes, of course. If no one in the dispute learns anything new, the conflict will ... Read on »
Neuroscientist describes darker side of meditation to the Dalai Lama and he responds by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Click to watch Dr. Willoughby Britton talk to the Dalai Lama about her research on the negative effects of meditation. He responds that problems can occur when the practice ... Read on »
Evaluating science: The good, the bad, the iffy by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Everyday the media report science findings and the journals churn out research articles. In addition to feeling inundated, the lay reader may also wonder what's accurate and ... Read on »
"The Trouble with Mirror Neurons": Do people really even have them? by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health From "The Trouble with Mirror Neurons" (mindful): When researchers discovered neurons in monkey brains that fired when an action was performed or observed, they were dubbed ... Read on »
Play as meditation, mediation, and mindfulness enhancer: A seminar for you by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you believe as I do that a mindful mediator is a more effective mediator—both because of ... Read on »
April edition of MINDFULNESS RESEARCH MONTHLY now online by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Click to read the April 2014 edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly . This new edition incl ... Read on »
Video: Amishi Jha on the neuroscience of mindfulness by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In February, a large group of us were fortunate to hear neuroscientist Amishi Jha speak on the brain science of mindfulness. All of you, no matter where you are, can watch p ... Read on »
Good to hear: Two interviews with me have made top-10 or most-listened-to lists by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I am pleased to say that the interview by Zena Zumeta of me for the Texas Conflict Coach Radio Blog Show was one of The Best of 2013. The description: Brains on Purpose: Tra ... Read on »
An authentically calming voice: Another benefit of mindfulness for lawyers, mediators, counselors by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Your tone of voice can affect your client's ability to hear you, especially in times of stress. In order to have a tone of voice that allows us to be heard, we need to monit ... Read on »
Video: The Lawyer's Brain on Meditation by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The latest video to be posted on the YouTube channel for the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in the Law is The Lawyer's Brain on Meditation: Insights from Neuroscience. ... Read on »
Excellent overview of the biology of mindfulness and compassion by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Click to watch a video of Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas giving a short overview (around 20 minute ... Read on »
Latest edition of MINDFULNESS RESEARCH MONTHLY now online by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Click to read the March edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly . It includes 50 new cites: 1 ... Read on »
How to focus that wandering mind by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Below is an article with a good overview of a skill and habit that is helpful, probably essential, to both parties in dispute and conflict professionals: focusing a mind tha ... Read on »
Feel a zombie-brain attack coming on? Get mindful, quick! by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you are acting like a zombie, you are probably acting mindlessly. Although they can be s ... Read on »
Now online: February issue of Mindfulness Research Monthly by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health 51 new cites are included in this month's edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly: 16 Interventions, 10 Associations, 5 Methods, 15 Reviews, and 5 Trials. Read on »
The Science of Story and Imagination: Conference next month in the Bay Area by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The Institute of Human Development & The Institute of Cognitive & Brain Sciences at UC Berkeley ... Read on »
"How Your Memory Rewrites the Past" by Stephanie Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Since the past is usually an important factor in a dispute, understanding the process of memory can be helpful to anyone involved in the dispute and its resolution. Although ... Read on »