Mental Health and the Brain Working Group
Monday evenings (biweekly), 7-8:30 p.m.
Bryn Mawr College Park Science Building, Room 259
Sponsored by Serendip and the Center for Science in Society
"Mental health" is an increasingly significant concern in a number of areas, including the scientific, biological, cultural, and sociopolitical realms. Defining and making sense of mental health can benefit from contributions from a variety of sources, including research on the brain and "from the inside ".
These conversations have grown out of the Mental Health and the Brain course  at Bryn Mawr College in the fall of 2008. Please join us in real-time and/or in the forums (below or on the page summaries) to discuss a variety of issues relating to mental health.
Organizational meeting, continuting discussion
Mental Health Policy,
Brain Injury ,
The Nature of the Self,
background reading: First Person Plural 
background for discussion: Self-Portraits Chronicle a Descent into Alzheimer's , Personal Stories about Alzheimer's 
An Evolving Exploration of Disability
background for discussion: The Liberatory Deconstruction of the Bipolar Impaired Self meeting summary/forum 
background for discussion: Enlightenment Therapy  (NYT Magazine), Opening the Doors of Perception: Buddhism and the Mind: An Interview with Mark Epstein 
background for discussion: A Journey Through Darkness  (NYT), David Hume: Letter to a Physician , A Woman in Conversation with Herself: Reading the Diary of Alice James 
A distinction between the mental and the physical?: PTSD and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
background for discussion: A Chance for Clues to Brain Injury in Combat Blasts  (NYT), Troubled Minds and Purple Hearts  (NYT), Intro to Odysseus in America  by Johnathon Shay
Minds, Bodies & Stories
background for discussion: Anne Harrington: Minds, Bodies & Stories 
background for discussion: N. Scheper-Hughes and M.M. Lock (1987) The Mindful Body: A Prolegomenon to Future Work in Medical Anthropology. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 1(1):6-41.
Exploring Mental Health , a resource on Serendip