Monthly Archives: April 2011

(Mindfulness) Meditation May Help the Brain ‘Turn Down the Volume’ on Distractions (Study, in ScienceDaily)

“The positive effects of mindfulness meditation on pain and working memory may result from an improved ability to regulate a crucial brain wave called the alpha rhythm. This rhythm is thought to “turn down the volume” on distracting information, which … Continue reading

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Spring-Cleaning the Mind? Study Shows a Cluttered Brain Doesn’t Remember (Study, in ScienceDaily)

“Lapses in memory occur more frequently with age, yet the reasons for this increasing forgetfulness have not always been clear. According to new research from Concordia University, older individuals have reduced learning and memory because their minds tend to be … Continue reading

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How Mindfulness Meditation Changes Decision-Making Process (Study, in ScienceDaily)

“If a friend or relative won $100 and then offered you a few dollars, would you accept this windfall? […] According to research conducted over the last three decades; only about one-fourth of us would say, “Sure. Thanks.” The rest … Continue reading

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“The French spend more time eating and drinking, sleeping and shopping than any other nationality” (Study, TheIndependent)

“…according to the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report. The OECD’s annual Society at a Glance survey examines a range of indicators such as family characteristics, rates of employment, poverty and inequality, and trust and tolerance, to assess … Continue reading

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Court rulings depend partly on when the judge last had a snack (TheEconomist)

“The law should be applied without fear or favour, with only cold reason and the facts of the case determining what happens to the accused. Lawyers, though, have long suspected that such lofty ideals are not always achieved in practice, … Continue reading

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Searching the brain for social networks (Study, physorg)

“Thornton has hypothesized that a system that he calls social working memory is distinct from but complementary to working memory, which is what people use to hold nonsocial information in mind, such as when alphabetizing a group of words. What … Continue reading

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Meditators can concentrate the hurt away (Study in ScienceNews)

“…in the April 6 Journal of Neuroscience. Individuals who practiced mindfulness meditation, or samatha, during a pain experiment reported much less discomfort than they did in earlier, meditation-free sessions. Samatha, the team says, flipped switches on or off in diverse … Continue reading

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Ready Both to Your and to My Hands: Mapping the Action Space of Others (Study)

“Abstract: To date, mutual interaction between action and perception has been investigated mainly by focusing on single individuals. However, we perceive affording objects and acts upon them in a surrounding world inhabited by other perceiving and acting bodies. Thus, the … Continue reading

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An advanced brain-machine interface enables patients to control individual nerve cells deep inside their own brain (Scientific American Mind)

“…Most of the time the search turned up empty-handed, although sometimes we would come upon neurons that responded to categories of objects, such as animals, outdoor scenes or faces in general. But a few neurons were much more discerning. One … Continue reading

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The effects of bilingualism on toddlers’ executive functioning (Study, 2011)

“(Abstract) Bilingual children have been shown to outperform monolingual children on tasks measuring executive functioning skills. This advantage is usually attributed to bilinguals’ extensive practice in exercising selective attention and cognitive flexibility during language use because both languages are active … Continue reading

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