Trisha-Mae Capistrano
BA Social Work
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2022
Exploring the neurobiological mechanisms underlying trauma and resillience
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2022

Background

In social work, we learn that trauma forever becomes a part of someone. It never goes away; individuals simply learn to work it into their reality. I want to explore what exactly it means when we say trauma becomes a part of someone, looking specifically at the visible, long-term impacts on brain structure and chemistry and how this also impacts one's cognition for the rest of their lives. In addition, I will look at the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie resilience. Traumatic experiences are often drivers of resilience—they can inspire people to, for example, help others or challenge systemic issues in large-scale ways. Connecting the knowledge from these two ideas, my project will centre on exploring if the neurobiology of trauma and the neurobiology of resilience can be linked to find out why some people who experience trauma are driven to be resilient and thrive, oftentimes in extraordinary ways.

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