Dr. Sue Jennings delivering her talk to HU staff
By: Dinesh George Lourdes
Kuala Lumpur, 15 June – HELP University (HU) organized a workshop, “The Reptilian Brain – Understanding Reactive and Fearful Behavior” on 11 June 2015 at HELP ELM Business School from 12pm – 1.30pm. This workshop was delivered by Dr. Sue Jennings, Visiting Professor at HU’s Faculty of Education and Language. This workshop showed how trauma and childhood fears can affect the brain in its capacity to process external material.
Dr. Sue Jennings has more than 40 years of experience in neurological understanding of the development of play and theater. She has extensive experience working in education, in both mainstream and ‘special education’.
The objective of this workshop was to understanding both the brain and the mental systems, and how they affect the neurology and mental level in not only children but also working adults. Despite the scale of research into brain function, there is still so much to learn. The interaction between the various functions of the brain triggers the actions and reactions which distinguish people as individuals and determines aspects of ourselves that we call our “personality”. Dr. Sue Jennings carried out this workshop so that HU staff may understand their students as well as understand themselves in order to be healthy individuals both mentally and physically.
From this workshop, HU staff managed to learn the development of the right and left hemisphere of the brain which was very important as HU is a “University of Achievers” which produces achievers who are both mentally and physically fit. Dr. Sue Jennings emphasized on the “The Triune Brain Theory”, which is the most efficient model for understanding the brain in terms of its evolutionary. This managed to educate many HU staff on “The Reptilian Brain”: the brainstem and the cerebellum.
One of the attendees of this workshop, Janice Phua Ying Hui said, “This was a very interesting session and it managed to open my eyes. Being raised in a traditional, Chinese family, I have always been trained to use the left hemisphere of my brain. This talk showed me that the right hemisphere of the brain is equally important.”
As HU is a “University of Achievers”, it is important that all HU staff and students are all-rounders, both academically and mentally. Part of HU’s mission is to help people succeed in life. HU will definitely be carrying out more of these workshops in the near future. For further information on HU, please do refer to http://www.help.edu.my/ or call +603-2716 2000. Be an achiever with HU.