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The Loving Brain

with Rick Hanson + 8 Experts
Join neuropsychologist Rick Hanson and 7 top-tier academics, clinicians, and teachers as they apply new research, ancient wisdom, and powerful clinical insights to the messy, high stakes issues many people face in their work, family, friendship, and romantic relationships.

The Experts

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Feeding the Roots of Relationships

with Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt
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Harville Hendrix is a clinical pastoral counselor with over 40 years of experience as a therapist, educator, clinical trainer, author and lecturer. He and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, co-created Imago Relationship Therapy, a therapy for couples now practiced by over 2000 certified therapists in 30 countries. Harville and his wife have co-authored ten books on intimate relationships and parenting, including Dr. Hendrix’s New York Times bestseller, Getting the Love You Want.
 
Helen LaKelly Hunt has been an important partner to her husband, Harville Hendrix, both in the evolution of Imago Theory and the growth of Imago’s global organizational infrastructure. Dr. Hunt has also been active within the women’s movement, helping to catalyze and grow the area of women’s philanthropy. Five years ago, she co-founded Women Moving Millions, a global movement of donors with the goal of raising the bar on women’s giving. Dr. Hunt is an honored inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca, NY. She is the author of, Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance.

Harville and Helen’s newest book Making Marriage Simple: 10 Truths for Changing the Relationship You Have into the One You Want was published by Crown in March 2013.
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The Mindful Relationship

with Tara Brach
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Tara Brach, Ph. D., is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She offers Buddhist meditation workshops and retreats throughout the United States. A clinical psychologist, she teaches extensively on the use of meditation practices in promoting emotional healing and spiritual awakening. Dr. Brach is the author of Radical Acceptance- Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha (Bantam, 2003,) and True Refuge- Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013.)
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Self-Compassion

with Paul Gilbert
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Paul Gilbert OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties - for which compassion focused therapy was developed. In 2003 he was president of the BABCP and an member of the first NICE depression guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 20 books and over 150 papers. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation charity with the mission statement To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion (www.compassionatemind.co.uk). He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.
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The Hungry Heart

with Geneen Roth
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Geneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, scarcity, we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives. Geneen Roth is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Women Food and God. She has appeared on many national television shows including: The Oprah Show, 20/20, The NBC Nightly News, The View, CBS Early Show and Good Mornining America. Articles about Geneen and her work have appeared in numerous publications including: O: The Oprah Magaine, Cosmopolitan, Time, Elle, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has written monthly columns in Good Housekeeping Magazine and Prevention Magazine. Geneen is the author of nine books, including besellers Lost and Found and When Food Is Love.
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The Love Molecule

with Paul Zak
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Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity was published in 2012 and was a finalist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University.  Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. He is credited with the first published use of the term "neuroeconomics" and has been a vanguard in this new discipline. He organized and administers the first doctoral program in neuroeconomics. 

Dr. Zak's work on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname "Dr. Love."
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The Hormone Cure

with Sara Gottfried, MD
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Sara Gottfried, M.D. teaches women how to balance their hormones naturally so they can rock their mission. She is a Harvard-educated physician, speaker and author of The Hormone Cure (Simon & Schuster, 2013). She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is regularly featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, O Magazine, and Yoga Journal, and TV including "The Ricki Lake Show" and "20/20". Known for quoting Top 40 lyrics and effortlessly blending the seriousness of women’s health with playfulness and humor, Dr. Sara’s mission is to help women feel sexy and vital from their cells to their soul. Learn more at http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/.
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Happy Families

with Christine Carter
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Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a parent coach and the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. She coaches and teaches online classes in order to help parents bring more joy into their own lives and the lives of their children, and she writes an award-winning blog for parents and couples. She is also a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
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Hardwiring Love into Your Brain

with Rick Hanson
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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness (coming in October 2013), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness (coming in October 2013), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, 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 the BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health,  U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 73,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. He has several audio programs with Sounds True, and his first book was Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson is a trustee of Saybrook University. He also served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, CA. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children. For more information about Rick, please go to www.RickHanson.net