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Meditation Part II: Breathing Breathing can be considered one of the most important functions in keeping us alive and healthy. Oxygen comes in through the nose or mouth and travels down to our lungs. Here it spreads through the lungs, down to the alveoli where it enters the blood stream. The oxygen then spreads...
10 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself This Weekend Yesterday I talked about experimenting with self-compassion "” despite the disapproving whispers and roars of our inner critic. Because the negative thoughts "” whatever they are "” don't matter. They don't have to drive or dictate our actions. They don't have to rule our worlds. We can act with kindness,...
Psychiatric Uncertainty and the Neurobiological Buzzword Psychiatry has embraced neurobiological research, a promising area for discovery. Unfortunately, the term itself has become a buzzword, falsely implying we know the etiology (cause) of psychiatric disorders. Instead of overreaching rhetoric, the field should embrace the uncertainty that has always characterized psychiatry.read more
Do You Have a Jack Russell Brain? If your brain is a Jack Russell, it's not happy unless it has problems to solve. And it will create problems just to solve them. This plucky brain can chew through relationships the way a real Jack Russell chews through sofas. Or is your brain a German Shepherd? Or a Bichon Frise?read more
Our Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media Ah, social media. I kind of hate you, but I can't quit you. Facebook is great for many things. I love keeping in touch with my family in California on a daily basis. I like seeing pictures of my friends and their kids (and their cats, and their dogs), and...
Finding turns neuroanatomy on its head: Researchers present new view of myelin Neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years of neuroanatomy on its head. Myelin, the electrical insulating material long known to be essential for the fast transmission of impulses along the axons of nerve cells, is not as ubiquitous as thought, according to a new work. "The fact that it is the most evolved neurons, the ones that have expanded dramatically in humans, suggests that what we're seeing might be the "future." As neuronal diversity increases and the brain needs to process more and more complex information, neurons change the way they use myelin to "achieve" more," says the main researcher.
What Drives People to the Fork in the Road? The road leading to the fork in the road (i.e., to willful choice) is paved with believing there is a problem and a solution to the problem, and that now is the right time to act to solve the problem. Only when all of these hurdles are passed, will people seek a solution to their problem. And it is this search that begins the typical choice process.read more
The Character Wheel The wheel of character identifies six key domains of personality: 1) character adaptations; 2) traits and dispositions; 3) identity and executive functioning; 4) abilities and talents; 5) values and virtues; and 6) vulnerabilities and pathologies. read more
Better way to deal with bad memories suggested A simple and effective emotion-regulation strategy that has neurologically and behaviorally been proven to lessen the emotional impact of personal negative memories, researchers have shown. "Sometimes we dwell on how sad, embarrassed, or hurt we felt during an event, and that makes us feel worse and worse. But we found that instead of thinking about your emotions during a negative memory, looking away from the worst emotions and thinking about the context, like a friend who was there, what the weather was like, or anything else non-emotional that was part of the memory, will rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with that memory," the researchers suggest.
Beyond concussions: football-related hits impact brain's white matter Brains of Football Players Don't Fully Recover During Offseason, Study Finds (Education Week): "Some football players' brains may not fully recover from hits endured even after six months of no-contact rest during the offseason... imaging scans showed changes in white matter consistent with mild brain injury in about half the players, despite the fact that [...]
10 Reasons an Artificial Intelligence Wouldn't Turn Evil We all know the story. The moment that computers with their lightning-quick processing power and interlinked systems gain sentience - it's judgment day. But would that really happen? Here are some psychological reasons why digital super-intelligence isn't going to be evil intelligence....
Are Your "Peeps" Eye Candy? "”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"” IPeeps Candy "@IPeepsCandy Where are all my peeps! #BFF @peepjoe, @peepkaboo, @mypeeps IDK waz up? I have not heard from U all day! What gives?   https://twitter.com/IPeepsCandy/status/457186254225174529 "”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”   IPeeps Candy "@IPeepsCandy @peepami what to you mean #RUNFORYOURLIFE RU #4reel https://twitter.com/IPeepsCandy/status/457187883783577600 "”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”   IPeeps Candy "@IPeepsCandy i C a...
The Best New You is the Authentic You Here's a five-step process to help you re-connect with your authentic self"”and figure out how to turn those childhood dreams and pleasures into a guide to a more satisfying adult life. The "new you" may just be a reconnection with the "real you."read more
The Secrets of Deep Meditation I've noticed that when experienced meditators go in search of a means to deepen their meditation, they often start by looking for a new technique.Sure enough, you may find that a new technique gives your meditation a boost, but in most cases, once you have learned how to meditate, then the best way to improve the depth of your meditation is keep using the same technique, but to approach it a little differently (I'll get into this more in a moment). It may also be beneficial to you to make some positive changes to your lifestyle.So instead of pondering over techniques or trying to learn some new trick, take a step back with me and let's consider the larger picture of your life. If deep, blissful meditation is your sincere goal, then let's explore the real factors that can help. You are already capable of deep meditation. What you may need are some reminders about what it takes to "go deep". 1. Your overall wellbeing – body, mind and soulYour psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual health are all connected, and all have an impact on your ability to experience deep meditation. If there is an imbalance in one aspect of your life, it will undoubtably affect every other area in one way or another.This article on body, mind and soul will help you to understand just how intimately connected the various components of your holistic self are. In it, I share a great story that shows how unexpected progress can be made in meditation, by addressing all aspects of personal health and healing. 2. MindfulnessWhen you meditate, do you find that you mind is busy? Well you're not alone. Over the course of a typical day it's easy to build up an enormous amount of mental chatter.The good news is that you do have the ability to reduce this build up of inner noise, even while you go about your normal daily routine!Mindfulness is a powerful practice that will help prevent a buildup of mental chatter and prepare you for very deep meditation. Mindfulness is an incredibly powerful practice that can transform not only your meditations, but also the quality of your normal daily life.These articles on mindfulness will help you to master your mind so that when you choose to meditate you can go much deeper, much faster. 3. IntentionFor millions of people around the world, meditation is a positive part of their daily routine. Perhaps you are one of them. If you are, then be wary of your meditation becoming TOO routine.I cannot stress just how important it is to understand the role of intention and how it can transform your meditations completely.Please take a look at this article on the Power of Intention. While you're in the neighbourhood, why not check out some of these great Quotes on Intention. 4. Binaural AudioBinaural audio is a specialized form of music that helps to calm the activity in your mind and guide you into a state of deep relaxation. It is an extremely effective way of training the mind to enter a state of deep meditation and it's effective for both beginner and advanced meditators.All that's really involved is listening to music that contains a technology known as "binaural beats". It's easy, it's very relaxing, and for many people, it brings about a turning point in their meditation and leads to a rapid acceleration in depth. Click here for more information. 5. Commitment and PersistenceI know, I know...commitment and persistence aren't two of the most "fun" words in the world, but like so many things in life, they are essential to achieving true and lasting results. If you want to be able to slip easily into deep meditation on a regular basis, then you will have to dedicate a little time and effort to succeed.I know it's tempting to skip over this section, but I urge you to read this article on commitment. In it, I describe some of the steps you can take to easily elevate the status of meditation in your life and how the status of meditation in your life has a great bearing on how deeply you will be able to meditate.While we're on the subject, take a minute to get inspired with a few of these great commitment quotations, or be encouraged by this definition of commitment.http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/deep-meditation.html
Research shows nearly half of all jailed youths in New York City have brain injury Experts say findings could lead to better training for correction officers on how to deal with the possible symptoms of such trauma.
Stress may make allergy symptoms worse Study suggests that stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies.
Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction of post traumatic stress disorder after a series of yoga classes.
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life When I left home for college, I thought that I had been admitted by mistake, and didn't think I would graduate. I expected failure. I expected to fall in love but would probably be left by my beloved. I had no idea that my general attitude were deeply pessimistic. I...
Learning and Sleep in Toddlers Quite a bit of research has begun to explore influences of sleep on cognitive processes. In adults, sleep has a huge influence on memory. Sleep speeds learning of new skills. It also helps to separate the information being learned from the situation in which it was learned, which can make it easier to use that knowledge in other circumstances.read more
Autism Related to Lipid Levels During Pregnancy "Alarming" rise in autism has been blamed on environmental factors.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Autism Begins During Pregnancy Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Probiotic Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Autism Autism: 10 Facts You Should Know Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness