Do Animals Imagine?
October 29, 2019
Hosted by Dr. Miriam Franco
Dr. Stephanie Theodorou, a Professor of Philosophy, has published on theories of consciousness and the realm of animal consciousness. Dr. Theodorou and Dr. Franco explore whether animals have an imagination and, if so, how it mirrors or differs from the imaginative processes of humans. How animals think and emote is also explored to learn what we can learn from animal cognitive processes to shed light on our own.
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Explore how the power of your imagination can be harnessed to improve your mood, coping, healing, listening and performance! A seasoned psychotherapist, university professor and relaxation and guided imagery specialist, Dr. Franco brings both her academic knowledge and years of clinical experience to her guest interviews. Each week, she hosts health entrepreneurs,therapists, artists, innovators and guided imagery specialists to discuss how one’s imagination can be used to treat stress, anxiety, manage autoimmune disorders, cope with challenging life events or ways to expand performance.
Dr. Franco guides us to stretch our imaginations with playful curiosity and to learn how to have fun incorporating new techniques into our daily lives and life challenges.
Dr. Miriam Franco
Dr. Miriam Franco is a psychologist with a specialty in treating anxiety and chronic illness. She is certified in guided imagery and is also a Multiple Sclerosis specialist. Dr. Franco has conducted workshops nationally teaching people with auto immune disorders how to use relaxation and guided imagery to lower mood and improve coping and caregivers to relieve stress and worry effectively and quickly.
Dr. Franco has taught guided imagery to athletes, students, brides-to-be, mothers-to-be, care partners, health professionals and the chronically ill. Her app, Imagery Work, provides niche guided imagery tracks for specific populations and needs.
Dr. Franco is on the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s Health Care Council and is a National MS Society Health Care Partner. She is a frequent contributor to MS magazines, podcasts and is a regular guest speaker at MS patient and professional programs. As a Professor Emeritus of Immaculata University, she brings both academic knowledge and her direct clinical experience to guest interviews, covering a range of inter-disciplinary topics on how the power of harnessing one’s imagination can improve healing, learning, coping and performance.