U3A Stilbaai
NEUROSCIENCE GROUP ~ NEUROWETENSKAP GROEP

U3A Stilbaai has an active Neuroscience Group which meet once a month in Die Waenhuis at Jagersbosch.
Neuroscience deals with the function of the nervous system and brain;  psychology focuses on the mind, especially functions affecting behaviour.

Jenni Sharkey convenes U3A Stilbaai’s Neuroscience Group. She has been an ardent follower of the strides being made in neuro-scientific research, since working in the fields of clinical and market research, and believes that when we become familiar with these findings, we are more able to use our minds and emotions in an intelligent, empathetic and life enriching way. Since retirement, she has completed courses on FutureLearn and Coursera, and has shared her passion for understanding human behaviour presenting to various groups in the country.
Jenni prefers an interactive discussion format, where an audience feels comfortable, and can clarify their understanding of ideas - this has been appreciated by the U3A Stilbaai members where she has hosted a Neuroscience group for the past 3 years, as well as by the participants in the recent Approaching Dying zoom course.
Jenni studied nursing and psychology at Stellenbosch University and later obtained an MBA from UCT.
Contact Jenni if you are interested in joining the group.

TED Talks and YouTube videos
TED Conferences posts talks online for free distribution under the slogan "Ideas worth spreading". TED Talks are available on YouTube, thus are open to everyone, as are many interesting public lectures given by the scientific community. Hundreds of excellent talks on Neuroscience and Psychology are available to choose from.
Below are some of the video topics shown and discussed at recent meetings. Not all of the topics will be of interest to each member, but you are welcome to enjoy the video's or Zoom recordings in your own time.
U3A Stilbaai het 'n aktiewe Neurowetenskap Groep wat elke maand in Die Waenhuis by Jagersbosch vergader.
Neurowetenskap behandel die funksie van die senustelsel en die brein; sielkunde fokus op die verstand, veral funksies wat gedrag beïnvloed.

Jenni Sharkey is die sameroeper van die U3A Stilbaai Neurowetenskap Groep. Sy is ‘n ywerige ondersteuner van die vooruitgang in neurowetenskap navorsing sedert sy in kliniese en marknavorsing betrokke was. Sy glo dat soos ons meer bekend raak met hierdie bevindings, ons ons verstand en emosies beter kan aanwend in ‘n intelligente, empatiese en verrykende manier. Onlangs het sy kursusse op FutureLearn en Coursera voltooi, en deel sy haar passie om die menslike gedrag te verstaan met verskeie groepe in die land.
Jenni verkies ‘n interaktiewe besprekingsformaat waar die gehoor gemaklik voel en hul begrip van die idees kan uitklaar. Dit word waardeer deur die U3A Stilbaai lede in die Neurowetenskap Groep wat sy die afgelope 3 jaar lei, sowel as deelnemers in die onlangse “Approaching Dying” zoom kursusse.
Jenni het verpleging en sielkunde by Universiteit Stellenbosch studeer, en later ‘n MBA van Universiteit Kaapstad verwerf.
Kontak Jenni as u belangstel om by die groep aan te sluit.

TED Praatjies en YouTube video's.
TED konferensies voorsien praatjies op die internet wat gratis beskikbaar is onder die slagspreuk “Ideas worth spreading”. TED praatjies is beskikbaar op YouTube en is dus oop vir almal, asook ander interessante openbare lesings deur wetenskaplikes. Daar is honderde uitstekende praatjies oor Neurowetenskap en Sielkunde om van te kies.
Hieronder is sommige van die video onderwerpe wat op onlangse vergaderings vertoon en bespreek is. Al die video onderwerpe mag nie vir elke lid van belang wees nie, maar julle is welkom om die videos of Zoom opnames in jul eie tyd te geniet.

Discussion of Denialism (Covid, Climate change) and Conspiracy Theories (Vaccinations, Trumpism).
Following on some points raised in the Robert Sapolsky and Renee Lertzman videos, I decided to open with creating understanding about why people can be denialists, or readily believe in various conspiracy theories.
I have attached a Google Drive download of a 4 minute video from a free online Future Learn course: Disinformation, misinformation... by Michigan University; and some interesting articles with a useful video explaining how to structure scientific information.
» Reasons people reject science.mp4
A practical guide to countering science denial.
by John Cook, The Conversation
Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial in Denial101x, a massive open online course (MOOC) from UQx and edX. Denial101x isn’t just a MOOC about climate change; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change.
» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-zNO02phw
Neuroscience explains how “fake news” works, and what publishers can learn from it.
by Rachel Anne Barr (Neuroscience PhD student), The Conversation
» https://whatsnewinpublishing.com/neuroscience-explains-how-fake-news-works-and-what-publishers-can-learn/
How Identity—Not Ignorance—Leads to Science Denial.
Changing the minds of Covid-19 deniers may require a lot more than sound reasoning - Markham Heid, The Nuance 2020
» https://elemental.medium.com/how-identity-not-ignorance-leads-to-science-denial-533686e718fa

How to turn climate anxiety into action.
Renee Lertzman
It's normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and offers insights on how psychology can help us discover both the creativity and resilience needed to act on environmental issues.This talk was presented at an official TED conference.
» Click here to open TED talk.

How to motivate yourself to change your behavior.
Tali Sharot
What makes us change our actions? Tali Sharot reveals three ingredients to doing what's good for yourself. Dr. Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist at University College London and the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a faculty member of the department of Experimental Psychology, a Wellcome Trust Fellow, and currently a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation, and social factors influence our expectations, decisions, and memories.
» Click here to open YouTube video.

The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst.
Robert Zapolsky
Dr. Robert Sapolsky spoke at Stanford on October 24, 2017. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including A Primate's Memoir, The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, and his most recent book Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.
» Click here to open video.

The Three Secrets of Resilient People.
Lucy Hone
Dr Lucy Hone is a resilience expert who thought she found her calling supporting people to recover following the Christchurch earthquake. She had no idea that her personal journey was about to take her to a far darker place. In this powerful and courageous talk, she shares the three strategies that got her through an unimaginable tragedy ⁠— and offers a profound insight on human suffering. Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, a published academic researcher, best-selling author and contributor to Psychology Today, the Sunday Star Times and Next magazine. She trained at the University of Pennsylvania and got her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She has helped a range of organisations — from primary schools to leading law firms — to design and implement wellbeing initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change. Five years ago, the sudden death of Lucy’s 12-year-old daughter Abi forced Lucy to apply her academic training and professional practice to foster her own resilience in very personal circumstances. The blog she wrote in the aftermath of Abi’s death attracted international attention and resulted in the best-selling non-fiction title, What Abi Taught Us, Strategies for Resilient Grieving (Allen & Unwin, 2016), now available as Resilient Grieving in the US, UK and NZ.
» Click here to open TED Talk

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