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Spencer M. Robinson

Spencer M. Robinson
Center for Applied Social Neuroscience (CASN) · Cognitive Development and Rehabilitation

PhD

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Introduction
Over the last several years I have been primarily engaged in pioneering the field of applied social neuroscience focusing on developing a model of the mind by an understanding of the evolution of the social brain of the anatomically modern human and the socialization process through which the antecedents of behavior are constructed. From this framework I have derived a model of noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical intervention addressing a broad spectrum of cognitive and behavioral problems, including mild to profound dementia.
Additional affiliations
January 2015 - present
Center for Applied Social Neuroscience (CASN)
Position
  • Executive Director and Chief of Research and Development
Description
  • Overseeing the research, development, training, dissemination, lecturing and implementation relating to the modality of Cognitive Neuroeducation (CNE) in recovery from cognitive and behavioral dysfunction and effecting deep and enduring learning outcomes.
February 2014 - February 2016
Auckland University of Technology
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Pioneering the field of Applied Social Neuroscience (ASN), focusing on developing innovative and efficacious modalities for the remediation of behavioral and cognitive disorder.
July 2013 - December 2014
Robinson Psychocognitive Training
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Development of a model of the mind that conceptualizes and encapsulates the antecedents of human behavior, directly translating into a framework for intervention in cognitive and behavioral disorder.
Education
November 2001 - May 2010
University of Otago
Field of study
  • Social psychology, discursive psychology, hermenutics and phenomenology

Publications

Publications (29)
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Cognitive Neuroeducation (CNE) is a learning-based modality focusing on exercising the human social brain to effect optimum levels of cognition and learning realization in reaching positive, balanced, self-actualizing behavioral outcomes in both educational and mental health settings. Although CNE shares some basic principles and objectives with th...
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This paper begins as a critical review of the archaeology of the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age Eurasian steppe, primarily in seeking the distinctions of its postulated horse-riding nomadic inhabitants known variously as Cimmerians, Scythians, Sauromatians, Sarmatians, Saka, Alans, etc., within a dialogue of what defines archaeological evidence as...
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This paper examines two diametrically contrasting conceptions of the so-called pastoral nomads that have been viewed as dominating the vast Eurasian steppe of the Early Iron Age: 1) that of the macho, male chauvinistic societies of war-like nomadic horse-riding bands as opposed to 2) that of the egalitarian steppe societies composed of warrior wome...
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Since language constitutes an integral and most powerful component of cognition, as language involves a wide array of highly integrated cognitive processes, language learning itself becomes a supremely effective stimulation of cognitive development. This paper describes how a new cognitive-based ESL (English as a second language) program for elder...
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A great culture change movement and a rigorously researched, whole new paradigm in understanding cognitive and behavioral disorder together offer a potent, dramatic new approach to addressing elder care and both the prevention of and recovery from cognitive decline, dementia and other neurobehavioral sequelae that particularly affect elders, especi...
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Cognitive Neuroeducation (CNE) is a rigorously researched cutting-edge neuroscience-informed, human-values-oriented modality for the prevention of and recovery from cognitive and behavioral disorder. Through an enriched environment and interaction within a cohesive group dynamic, CNE builds both a neuroprotective shield and core cognitive resources...
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There have been two basic assumptions long held in the traditional view of cognitive processing in the human brain: firstly, cognitive processes are exclusively functions of the cerebral cortex, and secondly, the cerebral cortex is divided into discrete areas or “centers” of cognitive functioning. This traditional orientation toward cognitive proce...
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In perceiving that the most urgent social problem confronting our global society is that of the rapidly aging global population and the increasingly high incidence of dementia and other aging-related cognitive disability, we propose a solution in the form of a concept of innovative community-based well-being centers for elders with dementia and oth...
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This study identifies the determining factors in the evolution of the uniquely human social brain by which the antecedents of the core behavioral framework of the anatomically modern human were molded. This study examines our core behavior and demonstrates 1) how it defines us as human and 2) how it forms the essential foundation upon which cogniti...
Technical Report
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A great culture change movement and a rigorously researched, whole new paradigm in understanding cognitive and behavioral disorder together offer a potent, dramatic new approach to addressing elder care and both the prevention of and recovery from cognitive decline, dementia and other neurobehavioral sequelae that particularly affect elders, especi...
Technical Report
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As hundreds of so-called “psychotherapies” have been foisted onto the public, all claiming to treat “mental illness,” newer understandings of how the human brain actually works and the processes which drive the formations of mentation that we refer to as “the mind,” demand a reassessment of what exactly we are referring to by the term “mental illne...
Book
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Cognitive Neuroeducation (CNE) is a rigorously researched cutting-edge neuroscience-informed, human-values-oriented modality for the prevention of and recovery from cognitive and behavioral disorder. Through an enriched environment and interaction within a cohesive group dynamic, CNE builds both a neuroprotective shield and core cognitive resources...
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In understanding the basis of Cognitive Neuroeducation (CNE), a new paradigm in the goal of full recovery from cognitive and behavioral disorder, a review of its antecedents is important. CNE evolved from the revolutionary breakthrough modality of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET), which, at the time of its development, presented a whole new appr...
Technical Report
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When we are confronted with a question such as "how do you feel about this situation?" we are often confused when we find that it is difficult to respond with a definitive answer. And though many of us are disturbed by the inability to answer such questions with clarity, it is perfectly normal not to know how you feel about certain things as our co...
Technical Report
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Although there have been many advances in various fields of academia and science, in some ways there have also been a number of significant regressions, which I believe may be attributed to the stubborn clinging to the academic tradition of compartmentalizing "knowledge" into separate blocks of rigorously bounded disciplines. This paper examines th...
Technical Report
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As hundreds of so-called "psychotherapies" have been foisted onto the public, all claiming to treat "mental illness," newer understandings of how the human brain actually works and the processes which drive the formations of mentation that we refer to as "the mind," demand a reassessment of what exactly we are referring to by the term "mental illne...
Technical Report
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The propensity in research in the last 20 years, especially in cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience, has been to design a study with no attempt to operationalize terminology, so that it is impossible to replicate the study since there is no definitive expected outcome nor any rationale by which to tie any outcome to a specific theory, hypot...
Conference Paper
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This is the framing document for the presentation “English as Therapy” delivered September 27 to the 2015 NeuroELT Brain Days International Conference, Kyoto, Japan. This presentation introduces CNE (Cognitive Neuroeducation), a new learning-based, noninvasive, nonpharmacological modality for intervention in cognitive and behavioral disorder with t...
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Incorporating new insights from the neuroscience of learning and the role of language in cognition, CNE is an approach to optimizing positive learning outcomes in the enhancement of cognitive processes through a new understanding of the brain-mind-behavior connection. CNE is directly applicable to both education and mental health and is the only mo...
Technical Report
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There have been two basic assumptions long held in the traditional view of cognitive processing in the human brain: firstly, cognitive processes are exclusively functions of the cerebral cortex, and secondly, the cerebral cortex is divided into discrete areas or “centers” of cognitive functioning. This traditional orientation toward cognitive proce...
Technical Report
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Cognitive enhancement therapy (CET) is a performance-based, developmental intervention approach to remediation and rehabilitation in the areas of social, attention, memory and problem-solving neuropsychological cognitive deficits. While from the perspective of a therapeutic schedule a specific intervention module ostensibly focuses on one of these...
Technical Report
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This paper introduces a simplified outline of a model of the fundamental mechanics of the mind derived through a construct of the process of apperception informed by, and integrated with, phenomenological and hermeneutic epistemological paradigms. A constructivist model of the mind, as formulated herein, is predicated on the basic principle of hu...
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The concept of a Lydian Empire has been drawn from Herodotus' "Histories" written upwards of a century after the events described therein pertaining to the Mermnad dynasty. Primary Near Eastern sources dating to the times of the events narrated in the classical literature have been claimed by modern historians to support the Herodotean account. In...
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In the transliteration of Akkadian cuneiform many conventions have been devised to try to portray what is actually visible on the surface of the clay or other media on which the cuneiform has been inscribed. Many of these conventions have become common or de facto standards. The problem with some of these conventions, is that, because transliterati...
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The attempt to answer the question of cultural continuity and discontinuity has been, and continues to be, the principal driving force in the archaeology of Anatolia. On a wider scale, the concern with defining cultural boundaries has been no less a central issue in the archaeology of the Ancient Near East. The question of cultural boundaries goes...
Technical Report
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When the science of paleoanthropology first emerged circa 1856, with the discovery of Neandertal 1, it held considerable promise in unraveling the mystery of human origins. Based on the biological and earth sciences (zoology and geology initially, later incorporating paleontology and paleoecology, as these fields of study developed) and subsuming a...
Technical Report
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This seminar was portrayed both by title and in the syllabus as an intellectual examination of three distinct research approaches to the understanding of human experience in various contexts. These approaches — phenomonology, hermeneutics, and heuristics — incorporate techniques that in varying degree are generally lumped together under the umbrell...
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In this paper, we take a brief look at the phenomena symptomatic of the real problems confronting modern society. We need to identify these problems and explain the underlying causes. The creation of strategies and processes for revamping our economic system and cultural perspective is an awesome task, but it is an urgent problem demanding immediat...
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The works of Malinowski, Mauss, Sahlins and Weiner form the bedrock of the study of economic principles applied within the framework of tribal societies. In attempting to arrive at a synthesis of their anthropological interpretations of tribal economic activities, the old substantivist-formalist debate emerges as a strawman confusing what are basic...

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In perceiving that the most urgent social problem confronting our global society is that of the rapidly aging global population and the increasingly high incidence of dementia and other aging-related cognitive disability, we propose a solution in the form of a concept of innovative community-based well-being centers for elders with dementia and other forms of aging-related cognitive decline and comorbid sequelae. In this proposal we lay out the specific need for such centers and the unique, powerful curriculum provided by such centers grounded in the highly vetted principle of the enriched environment. This proposal is intended to demonstrate the critical need for community-based well-being centers for elders with dementia, other aging-related cognitive decline and other conditions of impairment that disproportionately affect elders, and to demonstrate the scientifically vetted means by which aging-related lost functionality can be restored. The curriculum of the proposed well-being centers is grounded in the principles of Cognitive Neuroeducation (CNE), a modality we developed that can reverse the effects of dementia and restore cognitive functioning in elders based on a unique application of the enriched environment as derived from a comprehensive, rigorous synthesis of a wide corpus of studies extending over more than 70 years of solid scientific research as referenced herein. Though this proposal is written for implementation in Japan, the basic precepts are equally applicable to other nations experiencing the same demographic trajectory as Japan, perhaps not so acutely at present as Japan, but certainly threatening as a future crisis.