Just a brief introduction to mindfulness helps people deal with physical pain and negative emotions, according to a new study. The effect of mindfulness was so pronounced, they found, that even when participants experienced high heat on their forearm, their brain responded as if it were a normal temperature. “It’s as if the brain was… Read more

If you are forgetful or make mistakes when in a hurry, a new study from Michigan State University — the largest of its kind to-date — found that meditation could help you to become less error-prone. The research tested how open monitoring meditation — a meditation type that focuses awareness on feelings, thoughts, or sensations… Read more

Mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report. The study[1] demonstrated that mindfulness training is associated with distinctive engagement of a brain area known as the right supramarginal gyrus as well as hippocampal-cortical reorganization. “Mindfulness training may improve emotion regulation by changing the way our… Read more

“Honey, what are you thinking about?” asks my spouse as we sit at the kitchen table with our morning cups of coffee. “Oh nothing,” I reply. Our brains are fairly energy-intensive devices, consuming around 20 percent of the body’s energy, while making up only 2 percent of its mass. It has been known since the… Read more

A simple meditation or music listening program may alter certain biomarkers of cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in older adults who are experiencing memory loss, according to research led by Dr. Kim Innes, a professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health. The findings also suggest these changes may be directly related to… Read more