“Cultures that support growing older as a positive development associated with increased wisdom and abilities have higher numbers of centenarians living healthier lives…”
-Dr. Mario Martinez
In this episode of the MedFit Network Podcast, we welcome Dr. Mario Martinez, a clinical neuropsychologist who not only founded biocognitive science, but also established the Biocognitive Science Institute™ in 1998.
Today, Dr. Martinez opens up about his theory of “mindbodyculture” that he calls biocognition, suggesting “cognition and biology coemerge with their cultural history in a bioinformational field that seeks maximum contextual relevance.” After decades of research and studying centenarians, Dr. Martinez believes that “academic science continues to divide mind and body as well as ignore the influence cultural context have on the process of health, illness and aging. For example, he has concluded that “cultures that support growing older as a positive development associated with increased wisdom and abilities have higher numbers of centenarians living healthier lives than cultures that view aging as a process of inevitable deterioration.”
Dr. Martinez also discusses why he believes that genetics accounts for no more than 25% of longevity. Instead, he stresses the importance of caring for what he calls the “cultural brain.” How you perceive time, your ability to forgive, your views about aging, and your ability to experience self-love are paramount to a long, healthy, and happy life.