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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FIND THE FUN IN YOUR FIELD

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM®, Co-Author

Roberto ALBORGHETTI – “No Clouds”, Canvas/Mixed Media, 70×47 – Lacer/actions Project/Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters

Passionate Pauline is driving down the boulevard in the early morning, whistling to the tune “Oh Happy Day” with a big smile on her face, ready to take on the day with a vengeance and excited to tackle any challenges that may come her way. In the next lane over, Sullen Sue is sulking, and somehow stuck in the slow lane … again! Things don’t typically go her way, she dislikes her job, and she’s dreading the mounting paperwork that is piling up on her desk.

Which driver’s seat would you rather be in every workday morning, 52 weeks a year, for the odd 40 working years of your life? Your career is an endeavor that requires a great deal of your time, energy, and focus. If you’re sitting in Sullen Sue’s driver’s seat, only you can change directions to find a career that ignites the passion in you and makes you find the fun in your field.

Don’t let society define your role.  Why did you choose the career you are currently in? Did it seem like the “thing to do” after you graduated college? Or did you have some time to introspectively analyze your innate strengths and interests, and decide on a career path based on that?

As a single mom, I have heard all types of stories of how hard my life must be. This role as a struggling victim didn’t quite suit me, however, and instead of focusing on what others expected of me in my “role,” I focused on how I could best create a life for my children and myself in the best way I knew how. We are all unique individuals with strengths and assets that direct us to a special purpose in life.  Fuel your career growth by doing your thing, regardless of what society says you can or can’t do.

Change Your Job Description. Who knows you better – the HR director who hired you while they were interviewing 40 other candidates, or YOU? We all have parts of our job that we love, and other parts that we hate. Chances are, the person sitting in the next office space is in the same boat. What you see as boring and tedious, another might regard as satisfying and even fun. In order to create a job description that fits like a glove, make sure to keep an open and honest dialogue with your peers, subordinates, and mangers about what work keeps you energized vs. which work sucks your life force.

Be Proactive.  The happiest workers are those who have a strong sense of control over what they’re doing and why their efforts are important to a company’s mission. If you don’t like the projects you’ve been assigned, be more proactive in seeking your roles in projects – it never hurts to ask.

If there is a certain process that you find to be cumbersome, tedious, and (in your opinion) useless, take the initiative to change it to improve it. Your work is your world, and the more waves you make that are of your own initiative, the more fun you will have. So don’t sit idly by hoping things will get better – jump to it!

Smell the Roses. At the end of the day, we all want to feel that we’ve accomplished something of importance – that we’ve been an asset to our employers, made the world a better place, come a step closer to solving poverty, and all that before lunch if we can. But the truth is we are all human, and sometimes our best intentions can lead to us neglecting what keeps us going.

Every day, make sure to take some time for just yourself to re-energize and refocus so that you can go back to work ready to take on the world’s problems. Try taking a quick walk at lunch and smell the roses. On the busier days simply allow yourself to get up from you computer, and take five minutes to focus on your breathing and to stretch. You owe it to yourself, not to mention your organization, to be at your best. So put it in your Google calendar if you have to, and take your breaks!

We all have the decision every day – which driver’s seat do we want to be in – Sullen Sue’s or Passionate Pauline’s? Whatever your decision, make sure you are making it consciously and with intention. And remember, the Passionate Paulines have more fun!

About the Author:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.  

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people. 

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton. 

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)

2011 TOP 15 ARTICLES AT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORDPRESS BLOG

  

A year has gone. It’s time to fix some reports, also for my blogger experience. According to 2011 site stats, I compiled a chart about my most viewed posts. It’s the occasion to thank visitors and my fellow bloggers. Let’s keep growing up this wonderful opportunity to share ideas and experiences improving communication and human relationships! Thanks to all who approach my art provoc/actions too… 

 

MY TOP 15 POSTS OF 2011

 

1 – PREVIEW ON TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS FOR FASHION 2013

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/preview-on-textile-design-trends-for-fashion-2013/

2 – ABOUT ME, ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/about/

3 – ART AND DESIGN FOR DAILY LIFE

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/art-and-design-for-daily-life/

4 – BRUNO BOGGIA, IL DISEGNO E’ VITA

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/bruno-boggia-il-disegno-e-vita/

5 – LACER/ACTIONS AT PARALLAX AF LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-at-parallax-af-london/

6 – LONDON, PARALLAX AF 2 AT “LA GALLERIA”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/london-parallax-af-2-at-%e2%80%9cla-galleria%e2%80%9d/

7 – THE LIFE BECOMES ART: WELCOME TO PARALLAX AF IN LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-life-becomes-art-welcome-to-parallax-af-in-london/

8 – CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY: A COMMON EFFORT TO SEE MEDIAS THROUGH NEW EYES

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/center-for-media-literacy-a-common-effort-to-see-media-through-new-eyes/

9 – THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/the-science-behind-the-law-of-attraction/

10 – “POP ART AVANT-GARDE”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/pop-art-avant-garde/

11 – FASHION DESIGN PREVIEW 2012: LIMITED EDITION OF 3 SILK SCARVES CREATED WITH TORN POSTERS IMAGES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/fashion-design-preview-2012-limited-edition-of-3-silk-scarves-created-with-torn-posters-images/

12 – L’ECO DI BERGAMO NEWSPAPER DEDICATES 2 FULL PAGES TO ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS ART

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/%e2%80%9cleco-di-bergamo%e2%80%9d-newspaper-dedicates-2-full-pages-to-roberto-alborghettis-%e2%80%9claceractions%e2%80%9d-art/

13 – DUE PAGINE DE “L’ECO DI BERGAMO” RACCONTANO LE “LACER/AZIONI” DI ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/due-pagine-de-leco-di-bergamo-raccontano-le-lacerazioni-di-roberto-alborghetti/

14 – STREET ART AND FASHION: HOW TO CREATE SILK TEXTILES FROM RIPPED ADS ON CITY WALLS

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/street-art-fashion-how-to-create-silk-textiles-from-ripped-ads-on-city-walls/

15 – LACER/ACTIONS: CANVASES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-canvases/

“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

“LACER/ACTIONS AND LIFE”: AN “HEALING CLIP” WITH DR.SRINI PILLAY ‘S WORDS

The evocative and deep thoughts expressed by Dr.Srini Pillay about my art in his article at “The Huffington Post”, suggested me to create a videoclip-fragment. So, here it is: thirty seconds of words, music and one of my “lacer/actions” psycho-artworks; I selected “In amniotic fluid” (canvas, 57×87, 2010). The soundtrack is the beautiful Chopin’s “Nocturne n.2” .

It’s a sort of flash of some good thoughts about art and healing from Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, “Huffpo” columnist and author (“The Life Unlocked”, “The Brain and Business”, “Tle Science behind The Law of Attraction”).

These are the phrases from which I chose the videoclip words”Art is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.”

 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

FACEBOOK LINK

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=209922685736923&saved

LINK TO “THE HUFFINGTON POST” ARTICLE BY SRINI PILLAY

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html

 

“L’ECO DI BERGAMO” NEWSPAPER REPORTS ON “9/11 ARTWORK” AND ABOUT SRINI PILLAY ‘S ARTICLE ON “HUFFPO”

Italian newspaper “L’Eco di Bergamo” reports about Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions. The attention is focused on “9/11 artwork” – dedicated to the Fallen in the WTC massacre – and on the article that has been posted at “The Huffington Post” by Srini Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, executive couch and author of “Life Unlocked”, “Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the great leaders”, “The Science behind The Law of Attraction”.

 FROM “L’ECO DI BERGAMO” ( Italian version)

The Huffington Post, il prestigioso blog americano per il quale ha scritto anche il presidente Obama, dedica un articolo al bergamasco Roberto Alborghetti , per il suo lavoro artistico dedicato all’11 settembre, che il prossimo ottobre sarà esposto a Londra alla Parallax Art fair alla Royal Opera Arcade.

 Chi gli dedica un lungo articolo è Srinivasan Pillay, psichiatra, docente ad Harvard ed esperto di brain imaging che si è dedicato allo studio delle conseguenze dei traumi post attacchi terroristici. Alborghetti, poliedrico operatore mediatico e organizzatore culturale, un paio d’anni fa ha cominciato a fotografare per hobby gli strappi sovrapposti dei manifesti urbani, ricavandone immagini astratte di notevole suggestione con le quali ha composto gallerie virtuali.

 I suoi lavori hanno attirato l’attenzione di molti frequentatori di internet, fra i quali Pillay che ha contatttato Alborghetti via email per conoscere meglio, racconta il luminare nel suo blog sull’Huffington Post, l’autore e le motivazioni del suo lavoro. In particolare Pillay è rimasto colpito dal lavoro dedicato all’11 settembre, uno scatto realizzato in via Giambattista Vico a Milano, un resto di manifesto elettorale dai colori cupi che ricordano braccia, fiamme e idranti.

 L’opera, fra l’altro è stata trasposta su tela e anche su seta, in collaborazione con Bruno Boggia, artista serico e consulente di griffe internazionali. Anche la sciarpa sarà esposta a Londra e donata per beneficienza all’Associazione dei familiari delle vittime dell’11 settembre.

 Pillay ha scoperto i lavori di Roberto riuniti sotto il nome collettivo di “Lacer/azioni” navigando durante le ore di attesa in aeroporto. Ne è nato un colloquio a distanza che è diventato occasione per una riflessione sul ruolo dell’arte e della bellezza come reazione al male e al dolore e che ha ispirato l’articolo «9/11. Remembering a tragedy through art», 9/11. Ricordare una tragedia attraverso l’arte.

 Ecco il link dell’articolo:

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html

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