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Training Your Brain to Work For You

Dr. Jud Brewer | 40:50


Welcome back to *Mind Over Money*. I'm Kevin Cook, your field guide and storyteller for the captivating realm of behavioral economics. Today, I'm joined by an esteemed guest, Dr. Judd Brewer, a psychiatrist with a deep understanding of how your brain operates – a passion he's pursued for over two decades. Dr. Brewer derives great enjoyment from educating individuals on the intricacies of their brain function, particularly those grappling with added stressors like anxiety, addiction, or trauma. His expertise lies in mindfulness techniques, which encompass more than just meditation, as we delve into during our conversation.

We're privileged to discuss his 2017 book, *The Craving Mind*, a profound exploration into understanding and breaking free from habits – from cigarettes to smartphones to love. The book features a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor emeritus of medicine and the founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn has devoted extensive time to teaching meditation and mindfulness techniques to guide behavioral change.

Dr. Judd Brewer's website, ****, houses an array of videos and articles that provide valuable insights into his work. His innovative approach includes apps designed to foster mindfulness and aid behavior modification. We'll discuss these apps during our conversation. Much like the researcher profiled in the previous podcast episode, Dr. Brewer is achieving remarkable success in helping people become aware of triggers, behaviors, and rewards that shape their actions and addictions.

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