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Quarantine Communication and Contemplation with Brigitte Jia

Brigitte Jia hosts a meditative hour that includes research on the neuroscience behind staying connected during the lockdown of the corona virus. Forced isolation studies conducted on animal species that have definitive social orders have returned results that evidence a hugely negative impact on subjects’ brains, cognition and physiological conditions that is replicable in human cohorts. Brigitte discusses long distance planning using Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, etc. If you’re looking for activities to engage in with long-distance friends and family during the quarantine period, you can try some of the following:

  • • Watching movies together via Netflix Party

  • • Hosting weekly remote “book clubs” as you both read from the same novel

  • • Holding weekly art sessions via Zoom

  • • Cooking or baking together in a video call

  • • Group Zoom study sessions for high school and college students

  • • “Ordering” dinner together - getting the same items from restaurants with similar offerings - and eating over video call

  • • If you’re a musician, playing duets and ensemble pieces over video

Excerpts from Richard Wagamese's Embers, a collection of calming prose meditations, is read to help ease stress during these trying times. Connect, communicate, celebrate.

Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe.

“Life isn’t something you leave home to do. It’s what you accomplish within the walls of your haven. That’s what allows you to greet the world with an open heart and reach out and embrace living in all its richness, variety and staggering wonder.” - Richard Wagamese, Embers

BIO: Brigitte Jia is a second-year undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University, majoring in neuroscience on the pre-medical track. Under the guidance of Dr. Sheila Collins at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, she is investigating the interaction between the mTORC1 complex and the protein kinase-activated pathway mediated by cardiac natriuretic peptide-binding and cyclic GMP in skeletal muscle. Brigitte is also interested in the link between the rate of nonshivering thermogenesis and circadian rhythms of the peripheral adipose tissue clock system. She continues to learn more about science and medicine as she pursues her Bachelor's degree! She has been a dedicated volunteer with Be the Star You Are!® since her freshman year of high school.


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