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Use Your Head: Understanding the Brain to Improve Emotional Wellness and Activate Your Life | Renee Harrington


Did you know you have a bouncer in your brain standing guard at the entrance to the V.I.P. event that is your brain? This bouncer—the reticular activating system—makes all decisions based on the contents of your V.I.P. list. In this session, participants will discover how this and other structures of the brain operate and will learn simple evidence-based interventions to improve mood and memory and to achieve goal-directed behaviors.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the role various brain structures have in emotional expression, attention allocation, and mood regulation.
  2. describe the benefits of various interventions such as meditation, visualization, and positive affirmations.
  3. apply simple evidence-based interventions to improve mood, emotions, and memory and to achieve goal-directed behaviors.

NOTE: "Registration" for individual sessions is not required. Once onsite, you may attend any sessions on the day(s) for which you are registered.


  • Renee Harrington, PhD, MS, E-RYT 500, YACEP

    Dr. Renee Harrington is an Assistant Teaching Professor in NC State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Studies, an E-RYT 500-level yoga instructor and teacher trainer, and competitive athlete on Team USA. Renee blends her knowledge of physiology, nutrition, and biomechanical principals with personal experience to provide valuable information and practical tips for health and wellness with a focus on various facets including stress management, nutrition, and metabolic aspects of physical activity.

July 19, 2023
Wed 3:30 PM EDT
Room 3, 3rd Floor Individual session registration NOT required

Duration 1H 0M

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