I also introduce a new model of PNI I call Cultural Psychoneuroimmunology, taking the research from the constraints of the lab to natural settings in cultural contexts that could significantly influence the outcome.While rat research can be productive, the results must be interpreted as responses from animals that do not have the capacity to find meaning in their actions and awareness of their mortality.Cultural anthropology is the missing link of psychoneuroimmunology.
This week, I joined the organization in their sexy new digs at Neuehouse Hollywood (“international first-class travel lounge meets office—on crack”) as a speed-dating virgin and left with my mind properly blown. Her research interests include 3D printing, lab on a chip microfluidic devices, and tissue and organ culture.
After a welcoming wine and cheese reception, we (the Hollywood types, that is) were each given a mysterious key, which in turn linked us to a handler that ushered small groups into seven rooms. She also teaches science to kids and brings art and creativity to STEM.
The evening consisted of seven world-class scientists, each pitching the essence of their cutting-edge research, in a seven-minute time frame. Noelle is a pioneer in the field of 3D bioprinting, which involves constructing an armature upon which living stem cells can grow on a nanoscale level into a fully functional organ.
In biocognitive theory, individuals are seen as an inseparable living field of mind, body and cultural history in constant search for contextual meaning.
These biocultural fields define the known as inclusive and the unknown as exclusive.
The fields (cultural perception) are contained within horizons that set off alarms when confronted with unknown or contradictory contexts.
The operative consciousness that is constructed from our cultural history and our biological foundation, determines how we respond to novelty in a contextual coauthoring that ranges from curiosity to panic.
I argue that current mechanical models of the life sciences study disease by reducing the body to pathological parts.
I propose that the healing process must include the cultural history that contextualizes the mind-body expression of health and illness.