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This 2 hour course includes a video by Dr. John Arden + a short online quiz + certificate of completion

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How does the feeling of individuality emerge? This lesson describes how body sensations, emotion, and cognition interact to “self”-organize into the emergence of self. It discusses the emergence of subjectivity and emotion by describing the mind’s operating systems; The Salient, Executive, and Default Mode Networks. The Salience Network, sometimes called the “feeling network” or “the material me” involves the somatic sensation and the emergence of emotion.  
The Executive, sometimes called the central executive or the CEO of the brain, includes working memory, being present in the moment, and complex decision making. And the Default Mode Network, sometimes called the “story brain” involves self-referential thought, fantasy, daydreaming, rumination, and often about other people and our place within our relationships. It draws up episodic memories and reflects on the past as well as projects into the future.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction
  • 2


    • "Self"-Organization Webinar
    • "Self"-Organization Quiz
    • Before you go...


John  Arden

Senior Instructor

John Arden

John Arden, Ph.D., is the author of 14 books including Mind-Brain-Gene (2019, W.W.Norton & Company). He has a background in neuropsychology and is the director of training for mental health for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California. In this capacity, he oversees one of the largest mental health training programs in the world, operating in 22 different medical centers throughout Northern California. Dr. Arden also practices part-time at Kaiser Permanente in Petaluma and San Rafael, and he served for several years as the chief psychologist at Kaiser Vallejo. He has taught in colleges, professional schools and universities.

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