IMAGES & SCIENCE / THE PROCESSING OF VISUAL SIGNALS IN THE BRAIN: A RESEARCH BY KU LEUVEN AND HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS 2012 - GRAPHIC LAY OUT FROM THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF "COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE" SHOW

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS 2012 – GRAPHIC LAY OUT FROM THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW

I work with images and colors for my “Lacer/actions” project (pics of torn and decomposed publicity posters on billboard spaces). And I read some interesting news at KU Leuven Focus Monthly (see link below for the complete article)…  

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Once rhesus monkeys learn to associate a picture with a reward, the reward by itself becomes enough to alter the activity in the monkeys’ visual cortex. This finding was made by neurophysiologists Wim Vanduffel and John Arsenault (KU Leuven and Harvard Medical School) and American colleagues using functional brain scans and was published recently in the leading journal Neuron.

Our visual perception is not determined solely by retinal activity. Other factors also influence the processing of visual signals in the brain. “Selective attention is one such factor,” says Professor Wim Vanduffel. “The more attention you pay to a stimulus, the better your visual perception is and the more effective your visual cortex is at processing that stimulus. Another factor is the reward value of a stimulus: when a visual signal becomes associated with a reward, it affects our processing of that visual signal. In this study, we wanted to investigate how a reward influences activity in the visual cortex.”

Link to complete article:

http://www.kuleuven.be/english/news/reward-linked-to-image-is-enough-to-activate-brains-visual-cortex

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SRINI PILLAY’S NBG NOMINATED TO TRAINING INDUSTRY’S WATCHLIST OF THE TOP 20 MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD

Dr. Srini Pillay –  Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, Psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, author, friend and fellow artist – sent me exciting news about his NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) which has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. I send my congratulations to Srini Pillay and his team. I’m pleased to honour this great achievement with one of my recent artworks ( I know that Srini likes this picture I took from a waste-container in Amsterdam City center ). 

 Roberto Alborghetti Laceractions Amsterdam II (7)

Srini Pillay and his team wrote me: “We are delighted to share some fantastic news with you. After only 48 weeks as a start-up, NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. We are very excited about this recognition – based on new and innovative service offerings, unique approach to leadership development solutions, commitment to thought leadership and quality of initial clients – as well as the quality of our company in this category which includes such notable firms as Miller Heiman, Inc. and Raytheon Professional Services, LLC.”

Srini Pillay and his NBG team say: “In the past year, we have developed more than 300 learning modules (of 1-6 hours in length each), filed three technology patents, developed four divisions of NBG and attracted a wide variety of diverse clientele worldwide. We are grateful to our clients for recognizing our commitment to excellence and cutting-edge approaches that integrate brain science, organizational psychology, and results-driven business research. We are also grateful to our partners who are such a vital part of our ongoing commitment to improving the quality of lives of all people within and outside of corporations. Our technology partners have been instrumental in allowing us to tie all of our learning to business impact – watch out for our new enterprise system coming to beta in April 2013. We look forward to keeping you in the loop with some very exciting new developments ahead… ”

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Related article:

The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction/Srini Pillay interviewed by Roberto Alborghetti

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SRINIVASAN PILLAY, M.D. CEO: NeuroBusiness Group; Assistant Clinical Professor: Harvard Medical School; Author: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010), Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011); The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011)

 www.neurobusinessgroup.com

PSYCHE & ART: THE LAW OF ATTRACTION / NEW CLIP WITH SRINI PILLAY WORDS AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI IMAGES

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THE LAW OF ATTRACTION / Clip at Animoto

 

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A new clip to celebrate 10.000 views at Lacer-azioni YouTube channel. The video presents Srini Pillay’s words from his book “The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction” +  Roberto Alborghetti artpiece from his “Lacer/actions” Project (images of torn posters and urban signs).

 

In his recent workbook “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” Dr. Srini Pillay draws on his experience as a Harvard psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher. He describes seven scientific laws that explain how “The Law of Attraction” works. Whether the goal is weight loss, a romantic relationship, financial success or happiness, Dr. Pillay explains how we can draw on brain science to make sense of “The Law of Attraction.”

The artwork showed in the clip is: “Talkin’ to My Brain in Positive”, Canvas+Mixed media, 43×70 / Image location: Amsterdam, 2012 / Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions – Images Of Torn (publi)City. Soundtrack: Antonio Giraffe, by  Makrosoft. 

THE SCIENCE EXPLAINS THE LAW OF ATTRACTION: INTERVIEW WITH PSYCHIATRIST AND AUTHOR DR. SRINI PILLAY

INTERVIEW: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

In his recent workbook “The Science behind the Law of AttractionDr. Srini Pillay draws on his experience as a Harvard psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher. He describes seven scientific laws that explain how “The Law of Attraction” works. Whether the goal is weight loss, a romantic relationship, financial success or happiness, Dr. Pillay explains how we can draw on brain science to make sense of “The Law of Attraction.”

Drawing on extensive experience as a clinician and an executive coach, the author walks us through the scientific basis of each of the seven scientific laws of attraction rooted in brain science. In addition, he then provides the solutions and invites the reader to complete exercises targeted to specific brain-processes that bring us closer to realizing our dreams.

I had the honor to interview Dr. Pillay. I contacted him via Internet. I sent him the questions. I never doubted about his reply (it often happens that the interviewers are afraid about that…) And I had the answers, in perfect syntony of the same “Law of attraction”… and my desire too. Telling about his book, Dr. Srini Pillay says : “I saw this as an opportunity to add to the message that you can attract things into your life: with the provisor that you use your brain effectively and efficiently.”

– Dr.Srini Pillay, “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” is one of your recent books. Have you moved by a particular aim or reason to writin’it?

Throughout my life, my work has been about helping people deal with their suffering. So much of suffering came from unfulfilled desires, and when the law of attraction was expressed through books such as “The Secret”, I found that many people believed it, but were unable to manifest it. I recognized that the message that was out there may not have described how to use one’s brain to make the law of attraction work for people, and given my background, I saw this as an opportunity to add to the message that you can attract things into your life: with the provisor that you use your brain effectively and efficiently.

– Which is today the obstacle, or the problem, that prevents people to follow the “Law of Attraction”?

I think that there are several obstacles: firstly, people often feel like they just have to think about what they want and they will get it. But this does not happen. They have to think in a specific way and in ways that the brain can compute. For example, if you say: “I must remember not to spend too much money when I go out shopping”, under stress, the brain actually does not hear the “not” and will do the opposite of what you want. Tapping into the law of attraction takes a certain effort to “tune” your brain into the correct frequencies – it is a little like tuning your brain to the radio station of your desire so that it will come to you. Avoiding effort is a problem.

– Do you think that – in the “Law of Attraction” dynamics – the more we desire the more we get (the goals)?

I don’t think it is just about desire but more about how we interact with our desire. In fact constantly desiring often separates you from what you want and you never get it. For example, if you say: “I want money” or ‘I want a lover”, you are essentially telling the world (and your brain) that you are separate from what you want. However, if you say “I am rich”, you think like a rich person and become rich and if you say “I am a lover’ you behave like a lover so that a lover will join you. The clarity of our visualization does matter though, so in this sense, your desire needs to be well worked out so that your brain can map a path toward it.

– Which is the role of emotions in the “Law of Attraction”?

Emotions are critical in “the law of attraction.” They are essentially information that tells your brain how much you want or do not want something. Without them, your brain lacks the motivation to map out a path toward your goals.

– Have you a concrete suggestion/invite to try out, in a …few seconds, that this Law really works for everyone?

No. The difference between this book and what people often think is that the law of attraction only works with practice. Only for a few people who are already well practiced will it work in seconds. However, the book describes exercises that you can start to start making the law work for you. E.g. Talk to your brain in positives. Instead of saying what you will not do or want, say what you will do or want.

– Dr. Pillay, tell me one of the most important reasons why people should have to read this book.

I think that this book will provide the science behind the law of attraction. While it honors spirituality, it allows people to lean on the science for understanding. The main reason would be even one law that might inspire people to change their lives for the better.

– I love, in my artworks, to play and work with colors. For you, is there a color to identify “the Law of Attraction”? I mean: is there a favorite color to let this Law flows?

I think that we not know this answer scientifically. We do know things such as the fact that soccer teams who wear red jerseys are more likely to win their games, but in general, I think it is more about the match between the color and the person, as well as the task. Thus, I would say that the law flows most when the colors that you imagine or use authentically represent what is happening.

ABOUT SRINI PILLAY

www.srinipillay.com

http://www.neurobusinessgroup.com/

Srini Pillay, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After graduating as the top medical student, he was the top award winner at Harvard during his residency and one of the top three award winners during his psychiatry residency in the US. He then directed the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at McLean Hospital-Harvard’s largest psychiatric hospital and also completed 17 years of nationally funded brain imaging research. His first book, “Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear” (Rodale, August 2010) was voted one of five finalists in “Books for a Better Life” in the motivational category. In addition, his next book: “Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders” was peer-reviewed by Wharton Business School and is scheduled to be released in March of 2011. (FT Press, Kindle, November 2010).

Dr. Pillay is widely regarded as a motivational speaker who is able to explain the science behind seemingly non-rational phenomena. Among his many media appearances, he has been featured in The Boston Globe, Oprah radio (Dr. Laura Berman), Martha Stewart Whole Living, Cosmopolitan, Fox News and CNN. He has been invited to speak on “The Science Behind “The Law of Attraction” on Fox News, and will also be teaching a 6 week course on putting the science to work for you to achieve your lifelong dreams at the “University of Attraction.” He is able to apply this methodology to the business environment as well, and has been invited to speak on related topics in New York, California, Washington DC, Toronto, Switzerland, Greece and Singapore.

Business clients have included The World Bank, The MITRE Corporation, Novartis, Genzyme and McKinsey. Across the board, Dr. Pillay is known for bringing brain science to life in the simplest terms that he then translates into recommended action steps that you can take. Working with people in everyday life for most of his career, the unique contributions of Dr. Pillay that continue to spark interest all over the world are vividly demonstrated in “The Science Behind the Law of Attraction.”

SRINI PILLAY’S BOOKS

Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010)

Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2010/11)

The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011)

“KEFALONIA, 1943”: MY ARTWORK TO REMEMBER AN UNPUNISHED MASSACRE AND THE STATE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE

 

 Dr. Srini Pillay – Harvard psychiatrist, author, brain imaging researcher and columnist – says that art is a form of healing and it may help us to face tragedies and loss… I dedicated this artwork to Kefalonia massacre ( title: Kefalonia, 1943 – Victims & martyrs. The blood tracks # 1; canvas/mixed media, 87×57, Lacer/actions Project). My father Battista is a survivor of that terrible tragedy in which died 9.000 Italian soldiers (1943) killed and exterminated by German Nazis.

 Saturday January 28, 2012 – in the same days devoted in Italy to remember Shoah victims – Battista native Municipality dedicates him a conference and a ceremony (h.8,45 pm, Centro Sociale, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan Area). Italian Council of Ministers Presidency has recently confered to Battista the “Medal of honor” established for Italian civilians and militaries deported and interned in nazi concentration camps.

 

Central Database of Shoah Victims Names

http://www.yadvashem.org/wps/portal/IY_HON_Welcome

About Italian Division “Acqui” and Kefalonia Slaughter

http://www.associazioneacqui.it/

http://www.divisioneacqui.com/

http://www.mediterraneoass.com/

About Kefalonia:

http://kefaloniablog.com/2012/01/26/a-few-thoughts-on-kefalonia/

2011 TOP 10 VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE “LACER/AZIONI” CHANNEL

 

 

This is the chart about the Top 10 videos that in 2011 gained the highest number of views at my YouTube Lacer/azioni channel. At the top we see the clip inspired by Srini Pillay‘s words about art and the art’s healing power; Srini Pillay is Harvard psychiatrist, columnist (The Huffington Post and Psychology Today), brain imaging researcher, author (his book “Life Unlocked” ispired the videoclip at 4th position too).

At the second position: the clip I created remembering Nine Eleven Fallen in the 10th Anniversary of Twin Towers attack. At the third place: the video about my show at Parallax AF in London.

It’s also a pleasure to see in this 2011 chart the “Linger” clip created with poet, musician and producer Joshua Sellers (West Memphis, Arkansas) and that one made with the Amsterdam based musician and composer JapJap (“The ever expanding light”). All the clips are created with my “Lacer/actions” artworks, images of torn posters. Click and enjoy them!

2011 TOP 10 VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE LACER/AZIONI CHANNEL 

1.LACER/ACTIONS AND LIFE / SRINI PILLAY’S WORDS

http://youtu.be/FKSyUzhBSQQ

2.NINE ELEVEN / NEW YORK

http://youtu.be/_e_xNdQw7u8

3.LACER/ACTIONS at PARALLAX AF LONDON

http://youtu.be/r735Hb2NdnA

4.LIFE UNLOCKED

http://youtu.be/4n4JVnuIp2I

5.A STORY TO TELL: FROM RUBBISH TO SILK

http://youtu.be/M3ZQYB7r2sQ

6.THE EVER EXPANDING LIGHT

http://youtu.be/8g_Vuo1HEzY

7.LINGER

http://youtu.be/lOTx5QphUjE

8.THE LACER/ACTIONS SHOWROOM

http://youtu.be/k75rlHNnhHM

9. RADIATIONS (CLEAR-NU-CLEAR)

http://youtu.be/hpTfyQx5-FU

10.LACER/ACTIONS OF LONDON

http://youtu.be/ShJ_j-s06Go

“LIFE UNLOCKED”: A CLIP WITH SRINI PILLAY’S WORDS AND R.ALBORGHETTI’S ARTS

A SRINI PILLAY thought – from his book “LIFE UNLOCKED” – and two ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’ Lacer/actions artworks. They are all mixed up in a clip, posted at YouTube, BlipTV, Facebook and Linkedin.

Thirtytwo seconds for a relaxing break, inspired by Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, executive coach, “The Huffington Post” columnist and author (“Life Unlocked”; “La Calma in Tasca” – italian edition –  , “Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of the Great Leaders”, “Tle Science behind The Law of Attraction”).

In the clip you may read this Srini Pillay phrase : “Our choices are beyond our immediate control. To unlock the invisible cage of fear, the uncoscious, we have to first see it.” Soundtrack: “Coquetry” by McKenzie Stubbert.

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 YOUTUBE LINK

http://youtu.be/4n4JVnuIp2I

 BLIPTV LINK

http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/the-life-unlocked-5693060

 ANIMOTO LINK

http://animoto.com/play/CAOsYJKDsx9t8AEEMb1xbw

 If you liked this video, maybe you’ll appreciate also this “healing clip”:

 YOUTUBE LINK

http://youtu.be/FKSyUzhBSQQ

 BLIPTV LINK

http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/lacer-actions-and-life-srini-pillay-s-words-5546158

 ANIMOTO LINK

http://animoto.com/play/tuhJDFO8jtDmYFPK8d6E9g