A key to the neurobiology of mediation: parties in mediation experience both threat and safety at the same time. This is one of the most important sections of Elizabeth Bader’s new article, The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation.”
Neuroscience of the IDR cycle
A forum which examines the neuroscience and neurobiology of the IDR cycle, the psychological dynamic in mediation first articulated by Elizabeth Bader in her award-winning articles.
A directory of posts on this blog that discuss mediation by integrating psychology, neurobiology (especially the neurobiology of trauma) and spirituality.
Elizabeth Bader’s new article, The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation, has been published in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
A result of Elizabeth’s years of study of the work of Stephen Porges and Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing®), the article integrates the neurobiology of trauma, with Elizabeth’s work on spirituality, neuroscience and the psychology of mediation. The interplay between gender and conflict resolution is also discussed in depth.
In this introduction to Elizabeth Bader’s article on the psychology and neurobiology of mediation, Elizabeth recounts the experience as a mediator which informs all of her work, and lays the foundation for the more technical discussion which follows.
In this post, Tim Hicks presents his reflections on the neuroscience of mediation, knowing and identity and the IDR Cycle in mediation. He explains that the psychological experience that the IDR cycle theory describes (inflation, deflation, realistic resolution) is well-supported by what we believe to be true of the neurophysiology of learning, knowing, memory, and identity. His commentary ties the three phases of the cycle to some of the basic aspects of embodied consciousness. (For current research on embodied mind, see, for example, work by Don Tucker, Gerard Edelman, Antonio Damasio, Ben Bergen, Lawrence Barsalou, Vittorio Gallese, Mark Johnson, George Lakoff and David Geary ).