The Centre for Health Psychology and Centre for Cognitive and Neural Sciences, School of Medical Sciences together organized the offline seminar talk by Dr Rashida Naraharasetti, on the topic “Neuropsychological Assessment of the Dominance Factor for Improving Learning and Relationships’ on 22 April, 2022 in C. V. Raman Auditorium.

The program began with a welcome address by the Head of Centre for Health Psychology, Dr. G. Padmaja.

Honorable Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Prof. B. J. Rao inaugurated the programme. In his inaugural speech he emphasized upon the uniqueness of each individual and how every individual can utilize this to make a special identity and contribution of his or her own. Pointing to the neuroplasticity and several aspects of brain functioning, he emphasized on the role of the brain as a mechanism to help in wellbeing and happiness.

Dr. Geeta K. Vemuganti, Dean, School of Medical Sciences, in her presidential remarks showcased the scientific advancement and how medical, neural, psychological domains play an integrative role. She appreciated the collective efforts of both the Centres in organizing such an informative programme.

Dr. N. D. S. Nagaseema, Assistant Professor, Centre for Health Psychology, introduced the speaker to the audience. She introduced Dr Rashida as an expert with over 30 years practical experience in hospital, home-health, and primary-care environments, and as a highly skilled medical professional having a keen interest in metaphysics that led her to alternative / complementary medicine and energy healing. She is also a Touch for Health consultant, which resonated with her approach to holistic health and wellbeing.

Dr Rashida in her talk introduced the audience to the dominance factor, the appearance and pattern of basal dominance, and how this pattern determines our reactions to stressful situations, our learning preferences and our relationships with others. Dr. Rashida talked about the effect of learning on a stressed out brain.  While stress based learning generates unrelated context and content, through movement based learning, our midfield expands and we relate the content to the context. She distinguished between the characteristics of a homolateral and an integrated brain in terms of organisation and coordination. Talking about the effect of dominance factor in improving relationships, she asserted on how it provides sensory stimulation and develops new neural pathways which are necessary for change. These activate neuroplasticity and connect the whole brain in a synergistic way. She also talked about how recognising and implementing one’s dominant patterns can help one in maintaining healthy boundaries. Her interactive talk enthralled the audience.

Dr. Rashida’s talk was followed by an elaborate question and answer session wherein the attendees, both students and faculty, poured in their questions to her. They asked about energy healing, the causes of dominance factor, how dominance factor affects chronic illness patients, ambidextrous people as well as autistic children. Dr. Rashida clarified all these queries, concluding her talk by encouraging the attendees to identify their limiting beliefs and overcome them. The audience included the faculty of the University; several students including those from the Centre for Health Psychology, Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences and the School of Medical Sciences. The packed audience appreciated the entire interactive session.

The concluding session included a brief address by Prof. R. K. Mishra, Head,Centre for Cognitive and Neural Sciences. The event ended with a Vote of thanks by Dr. C. V. Usha, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Health Psychology.