Every time we are threatened, or perceive a threat, a cascade of hormones floods our brain and body. Modern neuroscience is discovering there is an equally powerful physiological and psychological drive to bring our stress reactivity back to normal. This drive to maintain equilibrium is allostasis and is at the heart of a neuroscientific definition of resilience.
From a neuroscientific perspective, resilience is any factor that enhances allostasis, which gets our physiological and psychological systems back to baseline. Galen will explore the five core elements to resilience and how each of these are being shown empirically to help our body and brain to get our allostasis on, to build resilience.
The implications for the design community are pervasive and substantive. There is the potential to build strength in most every experience you have or create with a person.