Studies have shown that meditating regularly can help relieve symptoms in people who suffer from chronic pain, but the neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Now, MIT and Harvard researchers have found a possible explanation for this phenomenon. In a study published online April 21 in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, the researchers found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms. “These activity patterns are thought to minimize distractions, to diminish the likelihood stimuli will grab your attention,” says Christopher Moore, an MIT neuroscientist and senior author of the paper. There are several different types of brain waves that help regulate the flow of information between brain cells, similar to the way that radio stations broadcast at specific frequencies. For this study, the researchers recruited 12 subjects who had never meditated before.
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Mindfulness gives you time to make choicesuntitledNew Hypothesis for Human Evolution and Human Nature & Eberly College of ScienceClick on image for a high-resolution version. Domestic animals, like this water buffalo in Viet Nam, live intimately with humans and provide renewable resources to humans that communicate well with them. Photo by Greg Luna. 20 July 2010 — It's no secret to any dog-lover or cat-lover that humans have a special connection with animals. But in a new journal article and forthcoming book, paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman of Penn State University argues that this human-animal connection goes well beyond simple affection. "Establishing an intimate connection to other animals is unique and universal to our species," said Shipman, a professor of biological anthropology. In addition to describing her theory in the scientific paper, Shipman has authored a book for the general public, now in press with W. These carvings are from ivory and have been dated to between 30,000 - 36,000 years old, making them the oldest artworks in Europe. Click on image for high-resolution version. [ Kevin Stacey ]
20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health…20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today: New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success! I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. It Boosts Your HEALTH 1 — Increases immune function (See here and here) 2 — Decreases Pain (see here) 3 — Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here and here and here) It Boosts Your HAPPINESS 4 — Increases Positive Emotion (here and here) 5 — Decreases Depression (see here) 6 — Decreases Anxiety (see here and here and here) 7 — Decreases Stress (see here and here) It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE Think meditation is a solitary activity? 8 — Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and — by yours truly — here) 9 — Makes you more compassionate (see here and here and here) 10 — Makes you feel less lonely (see here) It Boosts Your Self-Control 18 — Improves your memory (see here)
How mindfulness training affects health -- ScienceDailyOver the past decade, there have been many encouraging findings suggesting that mindfulness training can improve a broad range of mental and physical health problems. Yet, exactly how mindfulness positively impacts health is not clear. Carnegie Mellon University's J. David Creswell -- whose cutting-edge work has shown how mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults and alleviates stress -- and his graduate student Emily K. Lindsay have developed a model suggesting that mindfulness influences health via stress reduction pathways. "If mindfulness training is improving people's health, how does it get under the skin to affect all kinds of outcomes?" Creswell and Lindsay highlight a body of work that depicts the biological mechanisms of mindfulness training's stress reduction effects. Excessive activation of the biological stress response increases the risk of diseases impacted by stress (like depression, HIV and heart disease). Carnegie Mellon University's J.
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Meditation associated with slower age-related loss of gray matter in the brainNegative correlations between global gray matter and age. The X-axis displays the chronological age (in years); the Y-axis displays the global gray matter volume (in ml). Note the less-steep slope of the regression line in meditators (yellow) compared to controls (cyan). (Credit: Frontiers in Psychology) Results of a new study by UCLA researchers suggest that meditation may help preserve the brain’s gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons. The researchers cautioned, however, that they cannot draw a direct, causal connection between meditation and preserving gray matter in the brain. Since 1970, life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically, with people living more than 10 years longer. The bad news is that starting when people are in their mid-to-late-20s, the brain begins to wither — its volume and weight begin to decrease. “In that light, it seems essential that longer life expectancies do not come at the cost of a reduced quality of life,” said Dr.