Third lecture in Preventive Medicine series at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine focuses on the ‘pleasure trap’

Friday, April 7, 2017

Renowned evolutionary psychologist and author Doug Lisle: Artificial chemicals ‘tickle our brains’ in ways nature never intended

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) and the Advisory Board for its Preventive Medicine Program followed up on the successful 2016 season with another free offering to the public to kick off the 2017 series. Guest lecturer for the next event is renowned evolutionary psychologist, Dr. Doug Lisle. He will deliver his talk, “The Psychology of Healthy Eating and the Pleasure Trap,” on Wednesday, April 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Geisinger Commonwealth’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street Scranton. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lisle will share his experience and insights into behavior change, specifically how certain factors can affect your desires and behaviors. He is the founder of a new method of approaching human psychology and wellbeing. He describes this approach as Esteem Dynamics, whose core insights are adapted from a revolutionary biological approach to psychology. “Feeling good is something we all want,” Dr. Lisle says. “The problem is that now we have put artificial chemicals into the world that tickle the brain in ways nature never intended.” Recognizing these “pleasure traps” and changing your environment can lead to healthier behaviors.

Dr. Lisle received his undergraduate education from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Presidents Fellowship and was a DuPont Scholar. He was then appointed lecturer in psychology at Stanford University, and worked on the research staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Palo Alto, California. His research and clinical interests have broadened to include health and wellness, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, and optimizing achievement motivation. In addition to his work with Esteem Dynamics, he is currently the director of research for the TrueNorth Health Center and also serves as the psychologist for the McDougall Wellness Program, both located in Santa Rosa, California. He lectures extensively and is well known for “The Pleasure Trap,” co-authored with Alan Goldhamer D.C. The book explores why we do things that are not in our best interest.

Gathering to plan the third installment of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (Geisinger Commonwealth) popular Preventive Medicine Lecture Series are, from left, Leanne Woiewodski, a second-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth; Sonia Lobo Planey, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry at Geisinger Commonwealth; Robert W. Naismith, Ph.D., a founder of the medical college and also a founder of the Preventive Medicine Program at Geisinger Commonwealth; Darla Fink, a second-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth; Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., president and CEO of The Wright Center and a member of the Preventive Medicine Program Advisory Board; Miranda Chacon, a second-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth; Jean Hayes, R.N., member of the Preventive Medicine Program Advisory Board; and Danielle Peters, a second-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth.

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