Prof. Lakshman's Collection

By Prof. Lakshman Madurasinghe | Collections on Mindfulness, Stress, Healthy eating, Neuroscience and Cosmology

A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

​​Can you feel the heat?<p>Life feels a little more intense these days: at home, work, out in the world. When life begins to feel more intense than …

Mindfulness

The Perfect Meditation Technique for People Who Can't Meditate

A couple years ago, I heard <i>ABC News</i> anchor Dan Harris speak at Chicago Ideas Week. He told all of us in the audience how mindfulness meditation …

Meditation

At The Molecular Level: A New Study Examines The Deep Benefits Of Meditation, Yoga And Tai Chi

<b>Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA</b> …

T'ai Chi

Physical Activity Is Linked to Brain Health, Says a New Alzheimer's Study

Just keep moving.<p>Scientists studying Alzheimer's have found that staying moderately active can lead to healthier brain functions in those at risk of …

Alan Turing: Life, Interrupted

Alan Turing was undoubtedly one of the greatest intellects of the 20th century. In January, <i>Nature</i> called him “one of the top scientific minds of all …

Alan Turing

Lahiri says meditation helped his golf game

While many PGA Tour players spent last week hacking their ball around Erin Hills at the U.S. Open, Anirban Lahiri spent his time at Dhamma Dhara …

Watch the Human Brain Come to Life in This Stunning Piece of Art

Sometimes neuroscientist Greg Dunn finds his field tedious. Working at a lab bench can make you forget how beautifully ornate the human brain is, he …

Neurology

Brain Activity during Sleep Can Predict When Someone Is Dreaming

“To sleep, perchance to dream” —Shakespeare may not exactly have been talking about our nocturnal journeys to another world, but that does not make …

The Brain

4 Steps to End Negative Habitual Thinking

This curated column is authored by self improvement expert Emmaly Beck<p>I’ve been going through a spiritual awakening. I am remembering my own power …

Mindfulness

Relieve stress and anxiety with this top-rated meditation app

We're living in anxious times where it can be tough to take the time to reflect and relax your mind with some mindful meditation. There are many …

Meditation

How many dimensions does the human brain think in? Research says up to 11

Why it matters to you<p>Research will lead to a better understanding of how the brain works, and could one day be used to treat neurodegenerative …

The Brain

Learning to Deal With Stress Just Got Easier

Stress is a fact of life, but how you deal with it is up to you, so I called in an expert to show you the way.<p>I just wrapped up an amazing call with Dr. Laurel Geise, Founder and CEO of The Geise Group, on a mission to help companies implement Mindfulness at Work Programs. She and I really got down …

A Lack of 'Editing' in The Brain Could Be What's Driving The Most Aggressive Tumours

This could explain a lot.<p>Brain cancer is often a devastating diagnosis, and scientists have been hunting for mechanisms that could explain the …

Zinc Fingers: Taiwanese Uncover Potential Alzheimer's Treatment

A research team at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has proven the efficacy of a zinc finger-like protein in restoring memory deficits, which suggests it has the potential to treat Alzheimer's disease.<p>According to the team, Alzheimer's disease is mainly the result of cell death and …

Dementia

In depressed people, the medial prefrontal cortex exerts more control over other parts of the brain

New neuroimaging research has found that depression is associated with abnormal function in an area of the brain known as the medial prefrontal …

The Brain

What we know, don’t know and suspect about what causes motor neuron disease

<i>This is a longer read.</i><p>Since 2014, the ice bucket challenge, which involves people pouring a bucket of icy water over their heads, has raised …

Neuroscience

3 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Trick Your Brain So You Don't Overreact

Things go wrong, mistakes are made, deadlines are missed. Is your first reaction to lash out? Or do you know someone who does? If so, here are 3 ways to keep your cool and maintain your perspective to shine as a leader: the practice of 'noting'.<p>We've all had those highly emotional moments where a …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness-based childbirth classes may ease pain, depression

(Reuters Health) - When birthing classes include mindfulness-based education instead of focusing only on the biology of having a baby, women may have an easier time coping with labor pain and a lower risk of postpartum depression, a small experiment suggests.<p>Fear of childbirth is linked with lower …

Childbirth

How Meditation And Yoga Can Alter The Expression Of Our Genes

For those who are still skeptical about whether mind-body practices like meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi actually work, a new study goes further in laying out how they affect us—right down to the level of our genes. The meta-analysis, published in the journal <i>Frontiers in Immunology,</i> looks back over a …

T'ai Chi

Is the Universe Conscious?

Some of the world's most renowned scientists are questioning whether the cosmos has an inner life similar to our own.<p>For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples …

Consciousness

How does the brain respond to a single bout of exercise?

<i>The "runner's high" effect is the result of the brain naturally producing opioids after exercise.</i><p>Physical activity is known to be good for our …

The Brain

10 Treatable Causes of Dementia—and How to Recognize Them Before It’s Too Late

Not all dementia is Alzheimer’sWhile little memory slips are normal, when forgetfulness begins to interfere with everyday life, or symptoms pop up …

Dementia

5 Productive Things To Do Instead Of Tossing And Turning When You Can't Sleep

Out of all the times to <i>not</i> be tired, your body chose this time.<p>You know, just eight or so hours before you have to wake up and do something important …

Sleep