Fundamental to the practice of medicine is the acquisition and dissemination of the most validated and impactful recommendations for those in our care. But all too commonly, this information goes unheeded. Why? Our modern world is fundamentally reshaping our brains, altering our decision-making towards impulsivity, instant gratification and the type of choices that lead to poor health and unhappiness. The structural and functional wiring of our brains is constantly rearranged by our interaction with the world around us. And this process can either be consciously harnessed for our own benefit or externally manipulated for the benefit of others. This presentation exposes the mental hijacking that undermines each and every one of us, and presents practical tools to help reclaim our ability to make better decisions, strengthen our relationships with others, and maintain healthier habits.
- Participants will be able to discuss the powerful role of lifestyle choices including diet, sleep, nature exposure, appropriate use of digital technology, and stress in influencing decision-making.
- Participants will be able to discuss how neuroplasticity allows for structural and functional reshaping of the brain.
- Participants will be able to apply the mechanism whereby the global adoption of the Western diet has existential implications.