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Breath-centered meditation can improve attention in heavy media multitaskers People who often mix their media consumption — texting while watching TV, or listening to music while reading — are not known for being able to hold their attention on one task. But sharpening their focus may be as simple as breathing. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown that heavy media multitaskers benefited [...]
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Psilocybin reduces psychological pain after social exclusion, study finds Social problems are key characteristics in psychiatric disorders and are insufficiently targeted by current treatment approaches. By applying brain imaging methods, researchers now show that a small amount of psilocybin changes the processing of social conflicts in the brain. As a result, participants experienced social exclusion and social pain as less stressful. This could help to improve therapy of social problems.
Investigating plasma levels as biomarker for Alzheimer's disease The first detailed study of relationship between plasma levels of two amyloid beta peptides, cognitive function and the measures studying the size of brain, which shrinks with Alzheimer's disease.
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Bigger brains led to bigger bodies in our ancestors New research suggests that humans became the large-brained, large-bodied animals we are today because of natural selection to increase brain size. The work contradicts previous models that treat brain size and body size as independent traits. Instead, the study shows that brain size and body size are genetically linked and that selection to increase brain size will 'pull along' body size.
Brain scans link physical changes to cognitive risks of widely used class of drugs Older adults might want to avoid a using class of drugs commonly used in over-the-counter products such as nighttime cold medicines due to their links to cognitive impairment, a research team has recommended.
What Happens When Prejudiced People Meditate? A new study finds that mediation can be a good vehicle for reducing prejudice towards the "other" who is not part of one's own ethnic group.
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With Depression, Nothing Is Permanent Robert J. Wicks, psychologist and bestselling author of Riding the Dragon, recently told me a story about impermanence: A psychiatrist (Epstein) went to Thailand with some colleagues to meet a well-known Buddhist sage. As they were about to leave they asked if he had a … ...
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