Tag: Mindfulness Meditation

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    Learning not to fear

    A study using mindfulness meditation showed changes over time in neural responses to pain and fear. The researchers found that changes in the hippocampus after mindfulness training were associated with enhanced ability to recall a safety memory, and thus respond in a more adaptive way.

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    Mindfulness meditation and relaxation response affect brain differently

    A Harvard study shows mindfulness meditation and “The Relaxation Response” provide distinct effects on brain areas associated with awareness and with deliberate relaxation.

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    When science meets mindfulness

    Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School are examining how mindfulness meditation may change the brain in depressed patients.

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    Meditation’s positive residual effects

    A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.

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    ‘Turn down the volume’

    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 suggests that a key value of meditation may be helping the brain deal with an…

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    Eight weeks to a better brain

    Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital find that participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.