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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #490
CE Offered: BACB
Everyday Trauma: Learning to Forget
Monday, May 27, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center, 300 Level, Ballroom B
Area: SCI; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Adam E. Fox (St. Lawrence University)
CE Instructor: Adam E. Fox, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: TRACEY SHORS (Rutgers University)

Everyone experiences trauma. Whether it’s a specific harrowing event or a series of stressful moments that accumulate over time, trauma can echo and etch itself into our brains. In her lecture, neuroscientist Dr. Tracey Shors will discuss how our brains are inclined to ruminate on negative memories and how this process can interfere with our everyday lives, while making still more memories. She will also present effective tools for reducing repetitive thoughts that reinforce our everyday traumas. By understanding how our brains ruminate on the past, while training them with new mental and physical skills, we are better equipped to leave our pasts behind and live in a brighter future.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

This lecture is easily accessible and thus targeted at a wide audience, including laypersons. The content is especially relevant for adult women.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) distinguish the two types of "everyday trauma" and how they can increase ruminative thoughts, depression and anxiety; (2) discuss neurogenesis and how new neurons in our brain contribute to the response to and recovery from stressful life events; (3) discuss MAP Train My Brain, a brain fitness program that combines "mental and physical" training to reduce ruminative thoughts and thereby enhance mental health (
TRACEY SHORS (Rutgers University)
Dr. Tracey Shors is Distinguished Professor in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Dr. Shors has 150 scientific publications in journals including Nature, Science, PNAS and Nature Neuroscience. Her research findings have been featured in Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on NPR and CNN. Her research efforts were recently recognized with W. Horsley Gantt Medal from the Pavlovian Society for the "noble pursuit of truth." Macmillan and Flatiron Press published her new book about stress and trauma: Everyday Trauma. She is also the creator of the evidence-based brain fitness program MAP TRAIN MY BRAIN (



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