Blue Mind

Your Brain On Water

Through artful collaboration, engaging summits, and interdisciplanary research Blue Mind is influencing* the way we think about water and ourselves.

*influence (n) :  the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command.

[Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin influentia ‘inflow,’ from Latin influere, from in- ‘into’ + fluere ‘to flow.’ The sense ‘imperceptible or indirect action exerted to cause changes’ was established in Scholastic Latin by the 13th century, but not recorded in English until the late 16th cent.]

July 2015 Paperback release New York Times Bestseller Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Little, Brown & Company. New York, NY.

“I feel I belong in the water—I feel we all belong in the water, I cease to be a sort of obsessed intellect and a shaky body, and I just become a porpoise.” ~ Oliver Sacks

"In this profound study, biologist and researcher Nichols shares the many ways in which water positively impacts not just our lives, but also our minds." ~ Publishers Weekly

"My grandfather would go there, and so shall we." ~ Celine Cousteau

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Blue Mind connects the dots: neuroscience and psychology, nature and conservation, art and science, poetry and practice in profoundly important new ways. The result is an emerging, exciting, fast-growing new field we call Neuroconservation. With new research and more discoveries about "blue space" yet to come.

The early benefits of this inquiry have already influenced public health, education, parenting, business, coastal planning, travel, real estate, sports and recreation, and most importantly restoring and rebuilding our personal, ancient emotional connection with healthy waterways.

Blue Mind helps those working with and for our blue planet to do their jobs better by providing deeper insights and new questions about the science of "our brains on water".

We expand the "ecosystem services" conversation to include the vast array of cognitive and emotional services, values, and benefits offered by clean, healthy waterways.

Each year we hold a Blue Mind Summit, bringing together top neuroscientists, oceanographers, explorers, economists, psychologists, educators, and artists to consider new questions about the "human brain on water".

While only a few of our questions have been adequately answered, dots are being connected between disciplines and new narratives woven together.

In 2011, the first Blue Mind Summit was held in San Francisco and in 2012 the second was held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

We held Blue Mind 3 May 30th, 2013 on Block Island. You can review the live stream HERE.

On June 11th, 2014: Blue Mind 4: Open The Blue Door gathered at Bedruthan Steps.

Watch for information about the Blue Mind 5 Summit: Urban Blue in May 2015 in Washington, DC. Register HERE.

In addition to the Conservation and Environmental fields we work closely with the following sectors to share the Blue Mind message: Health and Well-Being, Education and Pafrenting, Arts, Design and Architecture, Real Estate and Planning, Travel and Leisure, Sports and Recreation.

Contact us if you are interested in Blue Mind books, training, workshops, retreats, or inviting a keynote from Dr. Nichols for your team.