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The Neurobiological Learning Society (NLS)
2008
c/o Intercultural Communications College
1601 Kapiolani Blvd #1000
Honolulu, HI 96814 USA
Phone/FAX/mssg 808-941-3927
Email: nlshawaii1@gmail.com

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A private, incorporated, state and federally-recognized non-profit, membership-based educational society dedicated to fostering the theory, methodology, ideals and concepts of neurobiologically-based, transformative learning and instruction throughout the world

NLS meetings are normall held on the first Wednesday of each month (except national holidays) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Intercultural Communications College, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 1000 (10th floor), Honolulu, HI 96814 USA (Diamond Head and Ocean side corner of Kapiolani Blvd and Keheka Street). See listing below for details including special meeting dates and times.

2008 Meetings and Presentations

1. January 2, 2008 - - Critical Learning Periods with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of English (Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa); and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). Author of A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language Acquisition (Lincom Europa, 2004); Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching and Transformational Learning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) and How to Choose the BEST English Language School in the USA (AuthorHouse, 2006). Everyone talks about critical learning periods, especially with regard to language. View original footage of the major natural experiments that support Lenneberg's hypothesis and explore their implications in modern education.

2. February 6 - Sensational Neurobiology with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). The neurosenses - all five (yawn) - nothing new there. Nothing new, that is, until examined from a neurobiological perspective. How many senses must there be to support neurobiologically-based learning? Come here an intriguing argument for the existence of a minimum of SEVEN!.

3. March 5 - 2007 Journal Club. Email the society with the name of a favorite article to summarize on some aspect of neurobiology or just come and enjoy the foray. Articles to be reviewed and discussed:
"The Neurobiology of Wisdom" by Daniel S. Janik
"Effects of Transcendental Meditation on Frontal Asymmetry and Coherence" by Melanie Mora
"An Odd Sense on Timing: A Neurobiological Look at Time" by Kasey Florendo
"The Neurobiology of Reading" by Susan Massey
"Voluntary Exercise and Sensory Axonal Regeneration" by Fely Ebner

4. April 2 - An Afternoon Potpourri of Neurobiological Learning with the combined graduate students of Argosy University Hawaii's PS 7050 "Physiological Psychology" course. A number of short, tantalizing presentations on various aspects of neurobiological learning developed as course capstone projects. Topics and speakers:
"Neurobiology of Meditation: Benefits to Learning" by Melanie Mora
"What Time is Lunch? The Neurobiology of Internal Time Consciousness" by Kasey Florendo
"Understanding Reading Neurobiologically" by Susan Massey
"Neurobiological Foundations of Art Therapy" by Fely Ebner

5. May 7 - A Neurobiology of Hypnosis - with Mr. Jim Hinds. An introduction to hypnosis referencing the work of Ernest Rossi theorizing that hypnosis can induce changes at the cellular and DNA levels. An induction lasting 20 minutes or so, to give people a feel for what clinical hypnosis is like. A short discussion of how Dr. Hinds uses hypnosis clinically to help interested individuals remove long term fear and anger from their world-view.

6. June 4 - What Every Language Teacher Should Know about the Brain - with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). A summary of Dr. Janik's two keynote speeches presented before the Vikipeda 2007 meeting at the University of Helskini, Finland.

7. SPECIAL MEETING June 29 "What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Brain Based Education" with Dr. Daniel S. Janik, PhD, Director of American Academic Programs at Intercultural Communications College (ICC), Honolulu, Hawaii and an instructor of psychology and neurobiology at Argosy University Hawaii. An online synchronous chat from noon to 4 p.m. EST on The Teacher's Net (http://teachers.net). Transcript available at http://teachers.net/gazette/AUG08/meeting/.

8. July 2 - Annual Business Meeting - Election of Board of Trustees members and Chairperson; Election of Officers. Meet your officers and board. Business meeting of the membership. Annual reports and reformation of NLS action committees. This is the time to make comments, suggestions and let your needs, wants and desires be known. Discussion items thus far: (1) NLS Journal; (2) online conference for 2008 or 2009; (3) operational grants.

9. August 6 - Transformative Emotional Learning via Hypnosis - with Mr. Jim Hinds. Back by popular acclaime, Jim will lead us in a discussion on how emotional states arising from stressful life events can be transformed quickly and without futher trauma using hypnosis. Transformation from negative states (guilt, loss, anger) into positive states (universality, compassion, optimism) is held by some to be permanent, and generalizable by the client to other areas of life. Come join us in exploring what may be happening during such transformations in the mind and brain.

10. September 3 - Hypnosis: A Path to Epiphanies and Bliss States - with Mr. Jim Hinds. Back by for the third of three episodes on hypnosis, Jim will lead us in a discussion on states of enlightenment that humans can attain through hypnosis. Hypnosis seems to be able to make a person easily access metacognitive states in a short period of time. Come join us in exploring what may be happening during metacognitive transformation in the mind and brain. Moderator's note: As a byline, we have also been exploring how teachers and students utilize hypnosis in both conventional, directed (traumatic) and self-directed (transformative) learning!

11. October 23 - The Impact of War on Health Professionals - with Dr. Larry C. James, Ph.D. Dr. James is a retired Army Colonel, currently Dean of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. The former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Tripler Army Medical Center, Dr. James received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Iowa and completed his residency training in Clinical Psychology at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He has over 50 scientific publications as well as five published books including his latest publication, Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib (Warner, 2008). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and board certified in Clinical Psychology. Dr. James was awarded the Bronze Star for distinguished service in Iraq. There are few works in the literature that comprehensively describe the effects of trauma, and thereby traumatic learning, especially ones that have occurred under the auspices of United States of America. Dr. James shares his description, from a psychological perspective, of how the abuses at Abu Ghraib and Cuba occurred, including the effects on medical and psychological staff who for one reason or another became involved, and the procedures necessary to prevent it from happening again. THE MEETING WILL BE FROM 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY HAWAII, ASB, 1001 BISHOP ST. 4TH FLOOR, HONOLULU, HI. VALIDATED PARKING AVAILABLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 808-536-5555.

12. November 5 - "The Role of Oxytocin in Learning and Memory" - with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). It is fairly widely accepted that epinepherine is the hormone that sustains and enhances traumatic learning. But what about the second (transformative) learning pathway? Review the current evidence for oxytocin as the hormone that sustains and enhances transformative learning..

13. December 3 - Freud's Legacy to Transformative Learning - with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD, Director of American University and Academic English Programs, Intercultural Communications College, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Argosy University Honolulu, Hawaii). Papa Freud did much to elucidate the role of trauma in learning, but he also pioneered the idea of a second learning pathway that was transformational. Join Dr. Janik in a viewing of George Luka's telling history of Dr. Freud and a spirited discussion on Freud's contributions to transformative learning..

1. January 7, 2009 - Assessing Transformative Learning with Dr. Daniel S. Janik MD PhD. It's one thing to support second learning pathway, it's quite another to assess its effects on learners. Come join the discussion on assessment of non-traumatic learning.

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2008 NLS Choice and Top Choice Awards Announced

Each year, NLS recognizes and honors the best books, articles and enduring public education media submitted to the society on neurobiologically-based learning, especially transformative learning, by awarding and publicizing Choice and Top Choices from entrants.


NLS Choices for 2008

NLS is pleased to announce the selection of six papers for 2008 that have been designated "NLS Choices." In alphabetical order by author's last name:

1. Garnier, M. "Savant Syndrome." Unpublished.

2. Hamada, W. "Do You See What I See? The Neurobiology of Religious Delusions." Unpublished.

3. Janik, D. "What Every Language Teacher Should Know About the Brain." in S. Tella (Ed.). From Brawn to Brain: Strong Signals in Foreign Language Education. Proceedings of the ViKiPeda-2007 Conference in Helsinki, May 21-22, 2007. University of Helsinki. Department of Applied Sciences of Education. Research Report 290.

4. Jenkins, C. "Understanding Current Neurobiological Research Findings in Trauma. Unpublished.

5. Panos, J. "Neurobiology of Eating." Unpublished.

6. Villamil, T. "Transformative Learning and Teip of the Tongue Phenomenon. Unpublished.

There were no NLS Choice Awards presented for books or enduring public media for 2008


NLS Top Choice for 2008

NLS is pleased to announce a tie for TOP CHOICE of books, articles and enduring public education works for 2008 and therefore honors two outstanding works:

"What Every Language Teacher Should Know About the Brain"
by Daniel S. Janik
in S. Tella (Ed.). From Brawn to Brain: Strong Signals in Foreign Language Education. Proceedings of the ViKiPeda-2007 Conference in Helsinki, May 21-22, 2007. University of Helsinki. Department of Applied Sciences of Education. Research Report 290.
NLS Reviewers' Comments: Pending

"Understanding Current Neurobiological Research Findings in Trauma" (Unpublished)
by Craig M. Jenkins
Currently Unpublished
NLS Reviewers' Comments: Pending

Thank you member and non-member authors for all of the excellent 2008 Awards submissions.

NLS "2009 Choice and TOP CHOICE Awards Contest" (published or unpublished books, articles and enduring public education media addressing any aspect of neurobiologically-based learning). 2009 award submissions now being accepted through 31 December 2008.
NLS "Distinguished Lecturer Series" Library (Free to members - check out these DVD's of major NLS presentations at any NLS meeting):

NLS1 - "The Brain and Language" by Dr. Terrence Deacon, Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, University of California Berkeley - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 31 May 2005. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-Members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS1.

NLS2 - "The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language" by Dr. John Schumann, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Chair of the Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics and Interdepartmental PhD Program at University of California Los Angeles - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 21 November 2005. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-Members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS2.

NLS3 - "Motivation in Transformative Learning" by Ms. T. Nagahashi, MAT (TESOL), Akita University Faculty of Education and Human Studies - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 9 January 2006. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS3.

NLS4 - "Mirror Neurons" by Dr. Robert Sylwester, Professor of Education (Emeritus), University of Oregon - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 5 February 2007. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS4..

NLS5 - "Enthusiasm-based Learning (SelfDesign)" by Brent Cameron with Barbara Meyers - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 5 March 2007. DVD - About 60 minutes. Purchase your own copy: Members $25 / Non-members $45. Email "nlshawaii1@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS5.

NLS6 - "The Impact of War on Health Professionals" by Dr. Larry James PhD Col (USA-Ret) - Presented before the Neurobiological Learning Society on 23 October 2008. 2 DVD's - About 90 minutes total. Purchase your own copy: Members $35 / Non-members $60. Email "nlshawaii@gmail.com" and ask for DVD #NLS6.

NLS Amazon Direct Access Bookstore

NLS recommended readings for interested neurobiologically-based educators in association with Amazon.com (see link below)

Society Information

Meetings are free to members and include (1) guaranteed, preferred seating, and (2) guaranteed seating at discussion and/or dinner with speaker after meeting (food and drinks at dinner discussions are at participants expense). Meetings are open to non-members at $5 per student* or $10 per non-student per meeting. Non-member seating is on a first come - first served basis as long as seating is available.
*Student means full-time participant in approved associate, baccalauriate, masters or doctoral degree program at the time of the meeting. Students must show an acitive and valid student identification card.

The Membership year is now from 1 January to 31 December.

Membership categories and dues:

  • Professional (Regular) Member - $25 per year (full or part-time; 1 vote)
  • Student (non-voting) Member - $10 (see student definition above)
  • Life Member - $500 (one time; 1 vote)
  • Corporate Member - $1000 (one time) or $100 per year (includes membership for all corporate employees, a free advertisement and link below; 2 collective vote total)
  • Sustaining Member - $2500 (one time) OR $250 per year (2 votes)
  • Patron Member - $5000 (one time) OR $500 per year (3 votes)

If you would like to serve on our Board of Trustees please send us an email with SUBJECT stating "NLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES" and in the body of the email what specifically you would bring to the Society (Board of Director members may be Professional, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron Members except that one Student member may serve on the Board of Directors during any year; Professional and/or Student members are given free membership during their actual vested service years).

NLS is recognized by the United States Government (IRS) and State of Hawaii as a 509a2 public charity organization (EIN25-1920731). Your dues and contributions are tax deductable. Members are encouraged to write grants in association with NLS (NLS takes a fixed 10% in indirect costs to administer grants).

NLS Board and Officer Elections are by membership present and/or proxied at the first meeting following 1 July. Elected officers act as Officers-in-Training from 1 July to the first meeting after 1 January when they are invested to serve for 1 year (Officers must be Professional, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron members; Professional members are given free membership during actual vested service years).

Other Opportunities for Service include serving on the Board of Trustees and a variety of working committees - if you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, send an email with SUBJECT stating "NLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES" and nominate yourself for election at the next July election. If your are interested in volunteering on or starting an NLS working committee, please send an email with SUBJECT stating "NLS WORKING COMMITTEE" and you will be provided a list of current working committees needing assistance (committee membership is open to Professional, Student, Life, Corporate, Sustaining or Patron members), or your proposed new working committee approved.

NL Certificate, Diplomate and Fellow recognition is currently in progress.

Your 2007-08 Acting Officers are
President - Dan Janik
Vice President - Maggie Bills
Secretary - Hisako Saito

Your Current Board of Trustees includes
Dr. Daniel Janik MD PhD(Ed) - Physician and Educator
Mr. Joel Weaver MA TESL - School Administrator-Educator (TESL)
Ms. Betty Compton MA EFL - Administrator-Educator (Elementary Education/EFL)
Ms. Setsuko Tsuchiya LMT - Massage Therapist (Kinesthetic Learning)

Interesting Links:

  1. Neurobiological Learning (NL) Resources
  2. Neurobiological Learning (NL) Discussion Group
  3. 2007 NLS Meetings
  4. 2006 NLS Meetings
  5. 2005 NLS Meetings

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