How do our brains handle grief? Learn more from Mary-Frances O'Connor, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, as she explains how the human brain can create new pathways in order to learn what life is like after we experience a loss and become someone who carries both grief and the absence of another. "I believe that, while knowing what we're going through won't take the experience away, it can make us feel much more normal," says O'Connor, who adds that grieving takes a long time, and urges people to be patient with themselves.
Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, and author of The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss. She directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body.
Her highly anticipated TEDx Talk, "How Do Our Brains Handle Grief?", is now available from TEDxUArizona.