Amber Allison

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How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

<i>Summary: Researchers report they have identified a neural pathway involved in switching between habitual behavior and deliberate decision</i> …

Neuroscience

How to stop wasting time online and make space for creativity

If most of us, myself included, were completely honest about our balance between consumption and creation, we’d see that it’s pretty out of whack. We consume far more than we create, when it should be the opposite. Every day our consumption diet includes some combination of articles, emails, social …

Productivity

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have been few. Supporters of the practice have relied on very …

Exploring the mind’s power over the body

<i>Sally Satel is a psychiatrist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is co-author of “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.”</i><p>In “Cure,” Jo Marchant, a British biologist turned science writer, sets out to show that states of consciousness such as hope, …

Medicine

Mindfulness: the craze sweeping through schools is now at a university near you

Even Cambridge is offering sessions to combat an increase in student stress. But is mindfulness, as some critics insist, just a silly fad?<p>Slowly take a raisin and examine every wrinkle and fold of its surface. Feel its texture with your fingers. Inhale its scent. Squeeze it and hear how it sounds. …

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

'Giant leap' to type 1 diabetes cure

<b>The hunt for a cure for type 1 diabetes has recently taken a "tremendous step forward", scientists have said.</b><p>The disease is caused by the immune system destroying the cells that control blood sugar levels.<p>A team at Harvard University used stem cells to produce hundreds of millions of the cells in …