Dr. Nava Levit-Binnun
School of Psychology Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Vulnerable Brains – A Theoretical, Experimental and Practical Approach
What makes some people more vulnerable to psychopathology than others? Why is it that several people can experience a similar traumatic situation (e.g., involved in a terror attack), and only some will develop a mental illness? Can we enhance resilience of developing brains?
In my talk I will discuss the concept of brain vulnerability. First, I will use insights from the emerging field of network neuroscience to propose a theoretical framework for the identification of brains with vulnerability, i.e., those who are less resilient to incoming adverse perturbations. Then I will describe an experimental setup, based on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG) and complex system analysis methods to measure how different brain states react to external perturbations. Finally, I will provide an update regarding the current neuroscience-based understanding of mindfulness meditation and propose it can be a tool for developing brain resilience.