Debunking the Triune Brain Theory Myth with Dr. Joseph Cesario

12jun7:00 pm8:30 pmDebunking the Triune Brain Theory Myth with Dr. Joseph CesarioJoin us for this essential and illuminating webinar with the esteemed researcher Dr. Joseph Cesario as he shines light on and deconstructs the Triune Theory of the brain, a predominant but flawed concept in the field of evolutionary neuroscience.

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One of the key concepts you learned in your CAPP Journey was how the human brain evolved and how this understanding can give us greater awareness, compassion, and care for the many tendencies we have as humans. Recent research has debunked this and we want to keep you in the know about the most accurate science.

Join us for this essential and illuminating webinar with the esteemed researcher Dr. Joseph Cesario as he shines light on and deconstructs the Triune Theory of the brain, a predominant but flawed concept in the field of evolutionary neuroscience.

For many years, the Triune Theory has dominated our understanding of the human brain’s evolution. It’s been the backbone of most introductory psychology textbooks and frequently referenced in a myriad of publications. Despite its prominence, recent research shows that this theory works as a metaphor, but fails to accurately portray the complexities and nuances of our brain’s evolutionary journey.

Dr. Joseph Cesario, with his relentless and keen scholarly acumen, has been instrumental in challenging this entrenched notion. In his notable article, “Your brain is not an onion with a tiny reptile inside”, Dr. Cesario elucidates on the erroneous representation of the brain’s evolution as a mere layered structure, with a ‘reptilian’ core surrounded by progressively ‘newer’ mammalian and human layers. He argues that this simplification neglects the intricate co-evolutionary processes that have led to the brain’s present form.

In attending this webinar, you will gain a more accurate understanding of the brain’s evolutionary trajectory, moving beyond misleading metaphors to a representation that better mirrors reality. You’ll be equipped with the tools to more effectively explain the human brain’s workings and evolution to those you train and coach. Moreover, you’ll gain insights into how these evolutionary processes influence human motivation and behavior, enhancing your  effectiveness as a positive psychology practitioner.

About Dr. Joseph Cesario

Dr. Joseph Cesario is a renowned researcher and thought-leader in the field of evolutionary neuroscience. He is a professor at Michigan Statue University. His work focuses on dissecting and challenging the prevailing theories of brain evolution and offering more accurate, scientifically grounded models. Dr. Cesario has an extraordinary ability to translate complex scientific concepts into digestible and applicable knowledge, making him a much sought-after figure in neuroscience education. His innovative research has been instrumental in debunking myths and reshaping the way we understand the human brain. Click here to learn  more about his extensive contributions to the field.

Seize this opportunity to learn from an eminent scholar in the field, and join us in challenging the status quo of evolutionary neuroscience. Your understanding of the brain and its evolution is about to get a substantial upgrade.

Read his groundbreaking article:

Your Brain Is Not an Onion With a Tiny Reptile Inside


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Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City based, Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) that is dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations and communities worldwide. She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program, currently offered in 12 cities across the U.S., Canada and online worldwide, which has trained over 750 practitioners to date. She is the creator the Bounce Back BetterTM (B3) Program, Positive Psychology Coaching Certification, Flourishing Skills Group® (FSG®) Program, iMMi Program, co-founder of the Positive Educator CertificationTM (PEC) Program, creator of the PERMA-V Model and the 5i Change Agent Model. (If you haven’t noticed, she likes creating and is an “inventor” in our 5i Change Agent Model.) Emiliya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member. Emiliya holds a PCC credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as well as over a dozen certifications in modalities ranging from coaching to yoga, Reiki, intenSati, Thai massage, biofeedback, motivational interviewing and more. Prior to her work in the science of wellbeing, Emiliya was a professional party entertainer for over 12 years. She brings her entertaining background to her work today as a “pra-cademic-prenuer”; first and foremost she is a practitioner working in the field with individuals and organizations, then a researcher and academic, and an entrepreneur, focusing not just on the growth of The Flourishing Center, but is passionate about the craft of entrepreneurism and helping others grow their work. She integrates these tools into a unique approach to vitality and mind-body health, inspiring and empowering others to craft a life of thriving mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.

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