Potential topics for lectures by Rachel Langford

Blue Brain Pink Brain

Get to know your brain and the way it affects your behavior in your sexual, romantic and familial relationships. Join the journey of neuronal sex and gender differences in the brain and its hormones, and discover how different stages in life change our brain, perception and the way we form and maintain relationships.

Until around 21 years ago, scientists knew of several structural sexual dimorphisms of the brain, but they did not think that sex had any impact on how the human brain performs daily tasks. Through fMRI and PET scan studies, a great deal of information regarding the differences between male and female brains and how much they differ in regards to both structure and function has been uncovered.

Has that created the blue brain and the pink brain? and how can we use the understanding of gender and the brain to improve communication in romantic relationships?


A scientific journey into sex differences, and tools to take back home with you to improve inter and intra personal interactions, with the neuroscientist Rachel Lanford (MSc.Med, MBPsS).

The neuroscience of life after death – Consciousness and awareness in the resuscitated brain.

The scientific answer to the question of life after death: With new methods and equipment to improve resuscitation following cardiac arrest, the point of death is pushed further. Doctors can now bring people who are defined as clinically dead back to life even after few hours. When those people come back with memories and self- awareness, the big question arouses: Can the mind exist without the brain? Is there an existence of consciousness when all the body’s physical mechanisms cease to function? Is there life after death?

In this talk Rachel will discuss consciousness and the brain, the way neuroscientists and doctors are trying to explain phenomenon like near-death-experience (NDE), and the phenomenon that are still beyond scientific explanation but happen in hospitals frequently, such as Terminal Lucidity.

Rachel will discuss case studies and her own research in the field and will also share some findings from her experience with the NDE support group in the UK.

The neuroscience of romantic relationships

Our body projects hidden massages that our brain takes into account when creating an emotion and behavior. We are not aware of many of them, and that’s where the change can start: By understanding the way the brain creates the way we perceive the world and emotionally respond to it, we can take control and choose what and when to feel in different relationships and interactions.

In this talk Rachel will discuss mirror neurons and the way the brain creates empathy, about embodiments and the ways to induce self-confidence or reduce racism stereotypes. Rachel will also speak about the way prenatal exposure to different hormones effects the way we chose a partner and the way we tend to deal with the long-term relationships’ ups and downs.

Her first book “Wanted: A Knight in Shining Armor” was published in Israel in 2009 on neuroscience and relationships, covering interviews and studies in the field of neuroscience and romantic relationships. Interviews presented are personal stories of people searching for love in different ways. The book offers an insight to relationships and emotions from a scientific aspect. The book created much media interest with Television, radio interviews and press coverage describing Langford’s work, which subsequently lead to her lecturing to a variety of audiences, combining neuroscience with common issues in relationships that we encounter on our everyday interactions.

Hormonal personality type and romantic choices

When combining neuroscience, anthropology and hormonal effects on brain development, a new and fascinating field of research has emerged: how hormones that we are exposed to during pregnancy shape our personality, our brain, and the way we perceive the world around us?

In this talk we will get to know the biological side of our personality, and what it has to do with our eye movements and the length of our fingers. We will test our hormonal side of our personality and will understand how it affects the way we choose and search for love, go on dates or experience a breakup. Mainly, we will get to understand new sides in us that will help improve communication in romantic and familial relationships.

This talk will present the research done by researchers such as Helen Fisher, John Manning and others in the field.

Managing and relieving stress

The physical and neural ways to manage stress. Gender differences in experiencing and dealing with stress, Stress and sexuality in men and women, Stress and the size of your brain. In this talk we will discuss how chronic stress can affect health and emotional states. We will present case studies and neural tools (to try at home!) to relieve stress.

We will go through physical cues to assess the severity of the body’s reaction to stress, though breath, skin and hair and the ways stress, hormones and relationships connect.

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