Renowned Psychiatrists Speaks in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Building and maintaining relationships is something we all do, but did you know that healthy relationships can help improve brain function?

Dr. Amy Banks M.D. is well known in the field of psychology and neuro–biology and is in Duluth to spread the word on how we are hard wired to connect.

Research at the Wellesley Centers for Women, where Banks works, has found that rather than pushing our children to be more independent, we should actually be promoting interactions with others.

She also says, a simple smile can go a long ways in making us less stressed and even help our bodies and brains stay healthy.

"What happens with a smile this sound, it literally feeds back into your autonomic nervous system and helps you be less stressed so that's one of the ways a healthy connection and safe connection actually de–stresses you," explained Banks.

Banks will also speak April 3 at the Copper Top Church in Duluth.

That session is intended for people with professions that directly work with children such as educators, youth counselors and daycare workers.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.