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How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation During meditation the mind may wander, but is that necessarily a bad thing?→ 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:4 Wonderful Ways Meditation Relieves Pain Meditation Changes How Genes Are Expressed Meditation Can Make You More Creative 4 Ways Mindfulness Meditation Benefits So Many Conditions A Blood Test for Depression
Alpha waves organize to-do list for brain Alpha waves appear to be even more active and important than neuroscientists already thought. A new theory has been postulated on how the alpha wave controls attention to visual signals. Brain cells 'spark' all the time. From this electronic activity brain waves emerge: oscillations at different band widths. And like a radio station uses different frequencies to carry specific information far away from the emitting source, so does the brain. And just like radio listeners, brain areas tune into the wave length relevant for their functioning.
Inhale Relief: The Link Between Smoking and Mental Health TIME Magazine recently reported on “The Weird Link Between E-Cigarettes and Mental Health Disorders”. When you think about it, the link is fairly intuitive (and proven by the ACE study): people, as it says “suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders”, are much likelier to smoke something.  In fact,...
How Teen Social Life Affects Drug Abuse (And How What do you picture when you think of teen drug abuse? Is it parties at the home of an out-of-town parent, or sneaking drinks from the family liquor cabinet, or hiding in a bedroom with a “no parents allowed” sign on the door while slipping deeper and deeper into addiction?...
Abuse, Neglect and Alcohol Addiction: How Your Childhood Influences Somewhere south of a sunny childhood are emotional and physical abuse and neglect. There are four possible combinations: emotional abuse, emotional neglect, physical abuse, and physical neglect. If one or more of these describe your childhood, maybe you’ve worked hard to put all that stuff behind you — but a...
Blaming Others: Hurts You More Than It Hurts Them Don’t get me wrong.  Sometimes other people are to blame.  Sometimes you are completely and totally and utterly correct in thinking that it’s someone else’s fault. But once you’ve tried to get them to see that and failed, once they refuse to take responsibility, or if you are habitually blaming...
Best of Our Blogs: May 20, 2014 I admit it: I’ve never eaten out alone. Why? Well…I guess there are several reasons. I don’t have the desire (honestly, if it’s dinner at a restaurant alone versus cooking at home with Orange Is the New Black, what do YOU think’s going to win?), I don’t want to risk...
Why Drug Addicts Will Always Choose Drugs Over Love A relationship with an active drug addict is inherently dysfunctional. They love you but then steal from you, lie at every turn and trick you into believing their lies. When they continue to use drugs even though their children are being neglected and the love of their life is threatening...
Few Americans Aware of Their Rights for Mental Health Coverage APA survey reveals only 4 percent of Americans know about mental health parity law
Favoritism, not hostility, causes most discrimination Most discrimination in the U.S. is not caused by intention to harm people different from us, but by ordinary favoritism directed at helping people similar to us, according to a theoretical review published online in American Psychologist. “We can produce discrimination without having any intent to discriminate or any dislike for those who end up being disadvantaged
Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can’t Scientists have advanced a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head. This new generation of neuroimaging compares favorably to other approaches but avoids the radiation exposure and bulky magnets the others require, according to new research atWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Weight bias plagues U.S. elections Overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University weight bias expert. While past research has found weight discrimination in schools, businesses, entertainment and other facets of American society, this is the first scientific investigation into whether that bias extends to election
Fluoridating water does not lower IQ New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ. The researchers were testing the contentious claim that exposure to levels of fluoride used in community water fluoridation is toxic to the developing brain and can cause IQ
Egg Freezing: A Modern Fertility Conundrum Is age-related egg freezing a good idea for women to try to preserve their fertility?
Does birth control impact women’s choice of sexual partners? Birth control is used worldwide by more than 60 million women. Since its introduction, it has changed certain aspects of women’s lives including family roles, gender roles and social life. New research in The Journal of Sexual Medicinefound a link between birth control and women’s preferences for psychophysical traits in a sexual mate. The researchers utilized
Team studies EEGs in the ER to improve seizure diagnosis and care Even though it could impact their admission or care in the hospital, few seizing patients receive a diagnostic electroencephalogram, or EEG, in the emergency department, says a new study presented this week by University of Cincinnati researchers. The research team, led by assistant professor of emergency medicine and neurosurgery William Knight, MD, looked at the
Study shows dementia patients benefit from holistic exercise program While dementia patients can often suffer from depression and declining physical and mental ability, exercise has been shown to help improve both their physical and psychological wellbeing. Researchers at Teesside University in the U.K. investigated how combining cognitive activities and elements of yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation with routine physical exercise affected dementia patients.
Teens who participate in sports show lower levels of hazardous drinking New research in Criminal Behavior and Mental Health aimed to find the relationship between participation in organized sports and an increase in hazardous drinking. Unlike previous research, the study focused on an underrepresented group – young offenders – adolescents who were either excluded from school or involved with the justice system. 93 British male young offenders from
#96 The Empty Nest Thomas Hawk via Compfight What had happened to all this reciprocity I’ve been ballyhooing—this balancing of parenthood?  I was clearly at the bottom end of the see-saw, and I saw no way to get up. The signs were there. The leave-taking had been positive in many ways—allowing the boys to...
Men with Borderline Personality Disorder Prior experience of abuse, neglect, or abandonment--which men are loathe to share--is a cause of BPD in men just as it is in women