Professor Breuning again invites us to reflect on some of our deepest mammalian instincts. She’ll ask us to focus on how our brains perceive things related to past threats or frustrations. The anxiety that results produces a blast of cortisol followed by a neurochemical response apt for the perceived problem. Think of it as a kind of reward system, with a dose of dopamine, oxytocin, or serotonin to stimulate a proper response. But there are ways to rewire our alarm response system and calm anxiety. Let Professor Breuning take you on another dive into the complexities of our mammalian nature. Perhaps the more we know the better we can survive and even thrive.
This lecture will take place at Lake Park, 1850 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94612.