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About the Podcast
The Unfiltered Truth from the World's Top Scientific Minds
Hear the unfiltered truth from the world's top scientific minds. Listeners of this podcast will hear health and wellness expert, Vivian Kulaga, PhD ask the world's top scientists and experts to reveal the truth about curious and relevant topics such as how emotional abuse can cause brain damage, or how mind training can slow the process of ageing, over a casual cup of coffee.
Coffee with Scientists explores cutting edge research in human physiology, neuroscience, emotions and other health and wellness topics in a conversation you can understand. In each episode, your host, Vivian Kulaga, PhD, speaks to a new leading scientific expert about groundbreaking ideas and discoveries in their field over a casual cup of coffee. Coffee with Scientists brings listeners the unfiltered truth from the world's top scientific minds about interesting and relevant topics in health and wellness, helping you apply them to your own life and the world around you one cup of coffee at a time.
About the Host
Vivian Kulaga, PhD
Vivian Kulaga, PhD is a medical scientist, and health and wellness expert in the neuroscience behind the mind and body connection, the treatment of psychological trauma using EMDR therapy, and holistic approaches to healing from complex physical and mental illnesses. She has over 14 years of academic and professional experience in medical science and wellness, and over 10 years of personal experience of surviving and recovering from chronic pain, complex illness, and psychological trauma.
Vivian holds a PhD in medical science and toxicology from the University of Toronto, Canada, and has undergone numerous professional training in natural and scientifically sound mind and body therapies such as EMDR therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mediation and Mindfulness, and Yoga. To read more about Vivian's personal story or to watch her personal story visit our sister site or YouTube channel.
Education, Certifications, Memberships, Special Trainings and Courses
Episode 1. Physiology of Thoughts and Emotions with Dan Siegel
Dr Dan Siegel describes the physiology and science behind mind cultivation practices.
In this episode, Dr Siegel discusses the science investigating meditation, mindfulness, and compassion practices that demonstrate 6 amazing physiological benefits from anti-ageing to epigenetic reduction in inflammation associated with certain types of cancers and forms of diabetes. Brain and health changes associated with early childhood psychological trauma are also discussed, and why mind cultivation practices and EMDR therapy are used as avenues of intervention to restore healthy brain structure and function.
Dr Dan Siegel is an internationally acclaimed author and thought-leader in the world of child-development and neuroscience. Currently, Dr Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA school of medicine and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Centre. Books he has authored and co-authored include a long list of over 70 including his New York Times bestselling books Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child, and No Drama Discipline. His most recent book, Aware, came out in August 2018.
For more information on Dr Dan Siegel please visit his website at:
Episode 2. The Brain Details of PTSD with Ben Dunkley
Dr Ben Dunkley describes the neurophysiology of PTSD and how findings in the brain explain symptoms
In this episode, Dr Dunkley discusses in detail the neurophysiological brain changes associated with psychological trauma. He describes fascinating studies looking at the brains of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and explains findings that may underline symptoms such as feeling stuck with looping memories, thoughts, flashbacks, and emotional triggers.
Dr Benjamin Dunkley works at SickKids Hospital in Toronto as an MEG Clinical Associate, using MEG (magnetoencephalography) to study how different neurological and psychiatric conditions affect brain function. He earned his PhD at Cardiff University in the UK, and his postdoc at York University, Toronto, followed by a second postdoc at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with Drs. Margot Taylor and Elizabeth Pang. He has authored dozens of scientific publications, and his laboratory work has been referenced on the CBC, The Globe and Mail, National Geographic, and The Economist.
You can learn more about Dr Dunkley and his work at www.dunkleylab.com