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From Me to We

It’s more fun to play when we’re on the same team Positive, safe social connections develop through shared synchronicity that comes from facial expressions, eye contact, attunement, activating mirror neurons, and moving rhythmically with others. When...

Audiovisual Synchrony

People on the autism spectrum live in a synchronized world. When Ami Klin, Ph.D. was the director of Yale’s Child Study Center Autism Program, he and Warren Jones, a CSC neuroscientist, pioneered the use of eye-tracking technology in autism research. They developed an...

Mirror Neurons

Giacomo Rizzolatti is a neurophysiologist at the University of Parma in Italy. In 1995 he was leading a team of researchers as they mapped the activity of the F5 area of the brain in macaque monkeys. F5 is in the premotor cortex and contains millions of neurons that...

Affiliation Equals Safety

The dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) is a small strip of the brain located deep within the frontal cortex and is part of the complex alarm system that was known primarily for picking up the distress of physical pain. Surprisingly, the dACC also lights up in...

CalmConnect™, Safety, and the Vagus Nerve

Social connection is an essential part of what it means to be human; to survive and to thrive. Our safety was rooted in tribes and extended families as we cared for, and kept each other safe. That need for connection is hardwired into our bodies and our cells. Our...

The Science of Fight or Flight

Beginning in the 1990’s sports and military psychologists examined the performance-limiting effects of ‘undesirable emotions’ like fear and anxiety. They looked at a fundamental question: Is the fear that you feel in combat the same fear that you feel when taking a...