Speaker Bio & Presentations

Dr. Mario Martinez

Special Speaker

Mario Martinez

Dr. Mario Martinez is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in how cultural beliefs affect health and longevity. He proposes, based on research evidence, that longevity is learned and the causes of health are inherited. He has studied healthy centenarians (100 years or older) worldwide and found that only 20 to 25% can be attributed to genetics – the rest is related to how they live and the cultural beliefs they share. He is the founder of biocognitive science and author of the bestselling books The MindBody Code and The MindBody Self. Dr. Martinez is the proponent of cultural psychoneuroimmunology.

Presentations & Workshops

The Four Essential Terrains of Meaning for Healthy Longevity: Lessons from Centenarians

Based on my work with healthy centenarians (100 years and older) worldwide, I have identified four unique perceptual modes contributing to their longevity. While lifestyle is more important than genetic endowment, I propose these four longevity factors, are as important. Additionally, I will illustrate how each of the four factors has psychoneuroimmunological (PNI) benefits, and how centenarian consciousness can be learned at any age. Surprisingly, most longevity studies have not included centenarian populations in their research and have mostly focused on the pathology of aging rather than the causes of health in the process of growing older. I will also describe the research project I am designing to correlate these four factors with biomarkers of aging related to inflammation, and how to incorporate the four perceptual changes to reverse biological age. The presentation will be based on principles of cultural neuroscience, cultural psychoneuroimmunology and cultural anthropology.

Learning Objectives

  • Learning and applying the four centenarian factors of healthy longevity
  • How the Causes of Health are inherited and longevity is culturally learned
  • Learning the difference between aging and growing older as well as how these two models affect longevity.
  • Understanding why genetics is not as contributory to healthy longevity as cultural beliefs

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