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This is what eight weeks of mindfulness training does to your brain

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettPractising mindfulness – spending time paying attention to your current mental experiences in a non-judgmental way – has been …

Zen priest, Harvard researcher explains the secret to a “good life”

“What makes a good life?” That’s Robert Waldinger’s driving question. Waldinger is a Zen priest and the principal researcher and director of the …

Pinpointing a brain circuit that can keep fears at bay

People who are too frightened of flying to board an airplane, or too scared of spiders to venture into the basement, can seek a kind of treatment …

Lack of parental warmth can cancel the health benefits of a privileged background

Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, …

Learning to turn down your amygdala can modify your emotions - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Training the brain to treat itself is a promising therapy for traumatic stress. The training uses an auditory or visual signal that corresponds to …

Canadian 'Mindful Cop' Offers Tools to Change Policing

Officer Jon Carson lights up when he speaks about teaching mindfulness techniques to officers with the York Regional Police.<p>"My goal for policing is to say, here's a tool for you. You have all these other things on your belt. You have a gun, handcuffs, pepper spray, and I'm not advocating taking …

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What Makes Us Who We Are: Neuroscience and the Self

The idea of the mind is a relatively modern concept. In medieval times, it was believed that people were divided in two parts, the physical body and …

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies …

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The best part of mindfulness meditation? Raquel Welch.

Writer Michael Murray was suffering from that familiar modern ailment: a constantly racing mind brought on by social media.<p>The proposed remedy: …

Born With No Hands, This 7-Year-Old 'Stunned' Judges To Win Penmanship Contest

Seven-year-old Anaya Ellick, who was born with no hands and does not use prostheses, recently won a national penmanship contest.<p>Holding the pencil between her wrists, the first-grader at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va., formed neat, careful letters, earning her the Nicholas Maxim …

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The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — the largest, most important public health study you never heard of — began in an obesity clinic

<i>Mentions of the ACE Study – the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — have shown up in the New York Times, This American Life, and Salon.com</i> …

Doctors Without Borders Pulls Out Of World Humanitarian Summit, Says It No Longer Has Hope

Doctors Without Borders announced that it will not be participating in the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, calling it a mere “fig-leaf of good …

‘One in three people suffer from depression and your MPP was one of them’: Lisa MacLeod’s private war

She was the lioness of the legislature.<p>Her roar was one of the few female voices to rise above the baritone din of Ontario’s parliament. She led some …

As I Began to Love Myself

<i>A poem read by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959), originally written by Kim McMillen:</i><p>As I began to love myself I found that …

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

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What Abdul’s axe did

‘The right people happened to be at exactly the right place at exactly the right times’<p>It’s been 10 years since an axe was plunged into my head in …

The Reason Our Minds Wander

Why do people spend so many hours per day worrying, daydreaming, or focusing on anything but the present?<p>You probably aren’t living in the moment. Most people spend their leisure time in imaginary worlds—reading novels, watching television and movies, playing video games and so on. And when there …

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Mindfulness in Folsom Prison

“Prisons are unbelievably noisy—there’s no quiet,” says Tony Bernhard.He would know. He’s been teaching mindfulness to the inmates at Folsom Prison …

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Is Mindfulness Overrated?

Every other week, it seems, another study is published touting the benefits of mindfulness. The power of learning to <i>be here now</i> has been linked to …

It Takes Effort to be Selfish

Selflessness can be sexy. Generosity has been shown to pique the fancy of people seeking long term partners. It seems understandable that generosity …

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New research shows people with more friends have a different relationship with pain

Friendships are a key indicator of happiness. They improve physical and mental health, and can even help prolong life. A study published this week has discovered that people with a large circle of friends also have a higher pain tolerance.<p>Researchers from the University of Oxford tested the theory …

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Less is more: what does mindfulness mean for economics?

<i>Dan Nixon.</i><p>Economic theory generally assumes that more consumption means greater happiness. This post puts forward an alternative, “less is more” …

What Does Sound Look Like?

The German photographer Martin Klimas is known for using high-speed-camera technology to capture processes that might otherwise escape the naked eye. He has fired projectiles into fruits and vegetables and photographed their exploding flesh, and shattered ceramic figures and delicate flowers to …

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Mindful attention to breath regulates emotions via increased amygdala–prefrontal cortex connectivity

Abstract<p>Mindfulness practice is beneficial for emotion regulation; however, the neural mechanisms underlying this effect are poorly understood. The …

Power of positive thinking skews mindfulness studies

Trials of mindfulness to improve mental health selectively report positive results.<p>There’s a little too much wishful thinking about mindfulness, and …

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The Body Keep Score Bessel van der Kolk

<b>The following is an excerpt from The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. Reprinted by</b> …

The Vagus Nerve: An Unexpected Key to Better Performance

<b>Whether you practice yoga, run, or work out - or all three - you most likely want to optimize your efforts</b>. With the millions of dollars spent on …

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