123 Targeted Neuroplasticity – Kennedy

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Targeted Neuroplasticity – Rethinking Thinking

John Kennedy is a pioneer in the field of Applied Neuroplasticity. He was originally contracted by the US Marines in 2006 to develop the first Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program to reduce casualties in combat and improve Warfighting capabilities.

Stress preparation rewires outcomes.

Just a few hours of Combat Brain Training improves focus and situational awareness and accelerates mental and physical reaction times through applied neuroplasticity. Several years ago, John migrated the program to the civilian sector with similar results in the corporate world. Trainees include Marines, Snipers, Special Operations forces and their instructors, pilots, professional athletes, business people, students, children and those suffering from brain trauma including TBI, PTSD, and concussions. All participants have had their lives positively changed by the program.

John’s insights refine the way your brain can grow improved coping through balanced self-management in the context of unpredictable change. How you think matters. Planning details matter.

Ed Note: In one sentence: he trains you how to think. – Must listen to his deeper thinking and applications with the perspective of Systems 2 processing.

Neuroplasticity – On Thinking Systems

Essential reference: Thinking Fast And Slow by Kahneman – Global Amazon Link – This interview and the next, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky CBJ/124 [linked when published], both address interesting applications for advanced System 2 thinking. Group-think and label-beliefs encourage more regressive and limited System 1, binary thinking. System 1 processes, as you will see in this summary from Wikipedia, are more stereotypical reactive with diminished prefrontal cortical, executive function process – no strategy or tactics.

Thinking Examples

  • System 1: Immediate Survival – Fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, subconscious, and most importantly, reductionistic and time-bound on the present [Korzybski]. Think: emotionally reactive, without thinking. Examples (in order of complexity) of things System 1 can do:
    • see that an object is at a greater distance than another
    • localize the source of a specific sound
    • complete the phrase “war and …”
    • display disgust when seeing a gruesome image
    • solve 2+2=?
    • read a text on a billboard
    • drive a car on an empty road
    • come up with a good chess move (if you’re a chess master)
    • understand simple sentences
    • connect the description ‘quiet and structured person with an eye for details’ to a particular job
  • System 2: Slow, effortful, infrequent, logical, inclusive, calculating, conscious – involving planning, strategy, the big picture, the future beyond this moment in time able to balance and cognitively consider complexity. Examples of things System 2 can do:
    • brace yourself before the start of a sprint
    • point your attention towards the clowns at the circus
    • point your attention towards someone at a loud party
    • look out for the woman with the gray hair
    • dig into your memory to recognize a sound
    • sustain a higher than average walking rate
    • determine the appropriateness of a behavior in a social setting
    • count the number of A’s in a particular text
    • give someone your phone number
    • park into a tight parking space
    • determine the price/quality ratio of two washing machines
    • determine the validity of a complex logical reasoning [!]

John’s Insightful Neuroplasticity Processing Details Here  – CBJ/123

  • Originally with US Marines: Targeted Neuroplasticity Training ’06 [2:40]
  • Tremendous success with inner city school kids [4:18]
  • We had to come up with exercises to change the brain quickly [6:58]
  • Originally for combat, it also accelerated their recovery post tour [9:07]
  • Using same techniques for learning disabled 4th graders and Navy SEALS [9:48]
  • Kids, screen time and digital dementia [10:50]
  • We work directly to increase processing speed without a computer [12:25]
  • How his program is designed for application [14:56]
  • We get processing down into a “Zombie System” driving Systems 2 processing [17:45]
  • Details on recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury [21:51]
  • Program training/management with a group [29:22]
  • Details on evaluation and strategies – processing time [35:20]
  • Training for transitions from school changes to vets returning [36:22]
  • “This is mindfulness I can do” [39:26]

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John’s Website & References

Earlier Relevant CBJ Interviews

  • CBJ/Vets Our Summary Veteran Page – Multiple relevant tools for recovery from trauma & stress
  • CBJ/031 Combat Stress Recovery – Dr. Bart Billings
  • CBJ/114 Hemingway’s Brain – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – Dr. Andy Farah

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Thanks

Neuroplasticity training improves both recovery and planning. We appreciate your fresh perspective regarding this interesting application for targeted self-management. Special thanks, John, for sharing your excellent insights about this useful, improved way of understanding next steps.

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Interesting Follow-Up: Next CoreBrain Journal Guest

124 Gleb Tsipursky, Ph.D., from Columbus, OH, provides expertise in science-based decision-making and emotional and social intelligence to help leaders and organizations avoid disaster. He researches these topics as a tenure-track professor at The Ohio State University’s Decision Sciences Collaborative and History Department. Gleb runs a nonprofit that popularizes science-based strategies for effective decision-making, goal achievement, emotional and social intelligence, meaning and purpose, mental and emotional well-being, and altruism in politics, business, and other life areas, Intentional Insights. He publishes articles on these topics in prominent venues and appears regularly as a guest expert on TV, radio, podcasts, and videocasts. An Amazon best-selling author, he is most well-known for Find Your Purpose Using Science, and his soon-to-be-published Pro-Truth Politics: Fighting Post-Truth Politics and Alternative Facts with Behavioral Science. Dr. Tsipursky quite interestingly elaborates on Kennedy’s theme in this interview, CBJ/123.

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