Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

How Compassion Stimulates Neurochemistry (lp)


Price for Members: Free
Price for Non-Members: $5
Residents of Lake Park: Free
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Loretta Breuning, Ph.D., professor emerita of management, CSUEB
Location: Lake Park

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Course Description

Professor Breuning again invites us to reflect on some of our deepest mammalian instincts. This time it’s the idea that you can be compassionate and at the same time be in tune with your authentic inner mammal. In fact, that authenticity favors compassion, helping you understand why others are the way they are. Our mammalian brain is a quirky thing. Think of it as a kind of reward system, with a dose of dopamine, oxytocin, or serotonin to stimulate useful behavior. And that system is wired to stir compassion. Let’s take another dive into our mammalian nature with Professor Breuning, this time in search of the roots of compassion. The more we explore these fascinating depths the better we can survive and thrive.

This lecture will take place at Lake Park, 1850 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

Event Details

Date: 2020-02-18

Start time: 02:00 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.

Venue: Lake Park Retirement Center

Directions: Lake Park Retirement Center 1850 Alice St., Oakland, 94612

Phone: 510.835.5511


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