Humans are information-seeking beings at heart. But while technology has given us unprecedented access to the data we crave, it has created a deluge of side effects. How are we adapting to information and stimulation overload?
Dr. Alexandra Crosswell has been interested in the mind-body connection since working at the Duke Cancer Center as an undergraduate, and meeting patients that were convinced that a stressful event in their life like a divorce had caused their cancer. Alexandra was, and continues to be, fascinated by the question of whether it's really possible that our minds have power over our cells. She has spent 15 years as a psychological scientist studying the effects of stress on biological health and well-being, and is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF in the US.
Alexandra joins us in The Garden to explore the effect of our always-on culture on our brains and bodies, and why so many people feel like they're on perpetual high-alert.
The Unconscious Mind