Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching Program — References and Resources

References and resources are listed by module as well as in General Resources.

General Resources

Power Versus Force, David HawkinsThe original research on levels of consciousness. A must read.

Mindsight, Daniel Siegel — True stories of real profound changes and healing. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Louis Cozolino — in my opinion, probably the best book for coaches out there, although he focuses on therapists.

Coaching with the Brain in Mind, David Rock and Linda Page — I use this for reference. It’s very detailed and complex and perhaps not an easy cover to cover read, but I find it very helpful for looking things up.

Incognito, David Eagleman — also an easy to read book, lots of true stories about how we know what we know.

Your Brain at Work, David Rock — good for leaders, very business focused.

The Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius — a great introductory book on the brain that weaves in mindfulness and Buddhist wisdom and includes practical tools for personal development.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Gabor Mate — fabulous work on the neuroscience of addiction.

Integration, Betz and Kimsey-House – comprehensive overview of the importance of integration, and the neuroscience of the Co-Active coaching model.

Recker, Gary; Peacock, Edward; Wong, Paul. “Meaning and Purpose in Life and Well- Being.” Oxford: Journal of Gerontology, Volume 42, Issue 1, 1985

Module One


The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge — wonderful true stories of “neuroplasticity” and astonishing ways the brain can find new ways to do things.

The Art of Changing the Brain, James Zull — this may be the best book on learning and the brain for educators.

Brain Plasticity and Behavior,

The Five Keys

Healthy Heart equals Healthy Brain – Journal of the American Heart Association


How sleep can heal our brains

Sleep drives metabolite clearance from the adult brain

Neurons are pruned during sleep

Deep sleep and learning

How sleep clears the brain

Trash removal during deep sleep


Why Doing Squats Might be Good for your Brain

Different Types of Exercise Affect Different Parts of Your Brain


Western diet is associated with a smaller hippocampus: a longitudinal investigation

Sugary Drinks Tied to Accelerated Brain Aging

Great overall video on the gut-brain connection — The Broken Brain


Focus and Attention

Meditation and Neuroplasticity: Using Mindfulness to Change the Brain


Neuroscience Backs What Great Leaders Know: To Succeed, Embrace Your Mistakes

Humour, Neuroplasticity and the Power to Change Your Mind:

Three Decades Investigating Humor and Laughter: An Interview With Professor Rod Martin

The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games

Personality, Humor Styles and Happiness: Happy People Have Positive Humor Styles

Sense of Humor, Stable Affect, and Psychological Well-Being

Examining the Energizing Effects of Humor: The Influence of Humor on Persistence Behavior

The Neurology of Humour

The Prefrontal Cortex

Arnsten, Amy. “The Mental Sketchpad: Why Thinking has Limits.” NeuroLeadership Summit Lecture, 2008

Creative Minds: making sense of stress on the brain

The Goldilocks of the Brain (Your Pre-Frontal Cortex)

Rock, David. “SCARF: a brain-based model for collaborating with and influencing others,”NeuroLeadership Journal, Issue One 2008


Impact of our stress on others

Naming the Emotion

Controlling the Environment

Values and Purpose

Reframing or Reappraisal

Luders, Eileen; Clark, Kristi; Narr, Katherine; Toga, Arthur. “Enhanced Brain Connectivity in Long-term Meditation Practitioners.” NeuroImage, 2011

Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System (recovery from stress)

Module Two

The Right and Left Hemisphere

My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor — a wonderful book about right brain/left brain, written by a neuroscientist who had a stroke. Also TED talk:

The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist — amazing, powerful work on the right and left brain. The RSA video is also fantastic:

Attention and the Hemispheres, Iain McGilchrist —

Bloom and Hynd. “The Role of the Corpus Callosum in Interhemispheric Transfer of Information: Excitation or Inhibition?” Neuropsychology Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2005

Holt, Jim. “Of Two Minds.” New York Times, May 2005

“Right Left Right Wrong,” Luke Mastin — a rigorous look at right and left handedness and brain research.

Neuroscience and the Link Between Inspirational Leadership and Resonant Relationships

The Default Mode Network and Task Positive Network

The Power of Dreaming, The Power of Action

Bad Coach

Module Three/Four

The Body/Somatics

Cuddy, Amy. “Your body language shapes who you are.” TEDGlobal, June 2012

Embodied cognition: thinking with your body

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations

Porges, Stephen, The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), 2011

Embodiment of metaphor — why escalators bring out the best in people

The Gut Brain Connection

The Human Intuition System

Bradley; McCraty; Tomasino. “The Resonant Heart.” Institute of HeartMath, 2005

Wounds and Healing Fields


Metaphors are Lint Catchers for the Brain

Metaphors Trigger Sensory Parts of the Brain

The Social Life of Metaphor


The Collective Consciousness 

Lieberman, Matthew. Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. Crown, 2013