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Meditation affects brain networks differently in long-term meditators and novices

“Both long-term practitioners and new meditators – when compared to non-meditators – showed reduced activity in the amygdala when they viewed emotionally-positive images. The amygdala is an area of the brain critical for emotion and detecting important information from the … Continue reading

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The Science of Mind & Reality – Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer

  see also a corresponding article here: Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer

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Old people can produce as many new brain cells as teenagers

“Old age may have its downsides, but losing the ability to grow new brain cells isn’t one: healthy people in their seventies seem to produce just as many new neurons as teenagers. The discovery overturns a decades-old theory about how … Continue reading

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Dancing Could Counteract Age-Related Decline

  “A study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience investigated the effects of an 18-month dancing intervention and traditional health fitness training on volumes of hippocampal subfields and balance abilities. The research finds that dancing seems a promising intervention for both … Continue reading

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(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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Meditation – Still Many Unknowns (Study)

“The behavioral differences that seem to be most commonly reported in studies of new or long-time meditators include an increase in the ability to focus one’s attention, an increase in the ability to regulate one’s emotions, a decrease in stress … Continue reading

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Are all meditation techniques the same (in the brain)? (Study, EurekAlert)

“Different practices often produce different results. As doctors increasingly prescribe meditation to patients for stress-related disorders, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how different techniques from Buddhist, Chinese, and Vedic traditions produce different results. A new paper published in … Continue reading

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“The mind’s eye can develop a knack for language in people who have been blind since birth.” (NewScientist)

“[…] fMRI measures blood flow in the brain to determine which neurons are most active. Since the 1990s the technology has shown, surprisingly, that the visual cortex flares up even in blind people. More puzzlingly, this activity occurs when they … Continue reading

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Boy Without a Cerebellum Baffles Doctors

“Chase was also born prematurely, and he was legally blind. When he was 1 year old, doctors did an MRI, expecting to find he had a mild case of cerebral palsy. Instead, they discovered he was completely missing his cerebellum … Continue reading

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“Why you can’t have more than 147.8 friends” (Study, in TWSJ)

“Many years ago Mr. Dunbar famously noticed that there is a tight correlation between the size of a primate’s brain and the size of the social group its species generally forms. On this basis human beings should live in groups … Continue reading

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Mark Robert Waldman (TEDxConejo, March 2010)

I liked this video and Mark Robert Waldman speaking about the importance and influence of meditating on (your personal) big idea(s).

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David Eagleman – The law and neuroscience

“Dr David Eagleman considers some emerging questions relating to law and neuroscience, challenging long-held assumptions in criminality and punishment and predicting a radical new future for the legal system.” I found it relatively interesting from minute 26 onwards, speaking about: … Continue reading

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Think Different: How Perception Reveals Brain Differences (Scientific American Mind, Study)

“The ways in which brains differ from one another show up in the ways their owners perceive the world.” “Rees’s studies establish that differences in the morphology, or shape, of our brains are mirrored in differences in the way we … Continue reading

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The Undesigned Brain is Hard to Copy (Science Not Fiction, blog)

“The brain is hardware, the mind is software. Therefore, to run the mind on different hardware, it just has to be “ported” or “emulated” the way a computer program might be. Timothy B. Lee (not the internet inventing one) counters … Continue reading

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Mind-reading machines could soon record your dreams

“A research team writing in Nature has announced that it has developed a brain-machine interface capable of recording higher level brain activity. Moran Cerf and his team at UCLA have been able to connect the activity of individual neurons with … Continue reading

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Mind Change – Taking Our Brains to Another Dimension

“Mind Change describes the outcome of changes to the way our brains take in and process information becoming ‘hard wired’ as a result of prolific connection to digital technologies. This could have a profound effect on our thoughts, feelings, behaviour … Continue reading

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Explaining Why Meditators May Live Longer

http://ht.ly/3uAVa “Researchers led by Tonya Jacobs of the University of California-Davis compared 30 participants at a meditation retreat held at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado with matched controls on a waiting list for the retreat. Participants meditated six hours … Continue reading

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“To that end, we have created a dictionary of hundreds of brain region names, cognitive and behavioral functions, and diseases (and their synonyms!) to find how often any two phrases co-occur in the scientific literature.” http://www.brainscanr.com/Search?term_a=dorsomedial+nucleus+of+the+hypothalamus&sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d176deebe598792%2C0

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