Meditation Plus Running as a Treatment for Depression

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Meditating before running could change the brain in ways that are more beneficial for mental health than practicing either of those activities alone, according to an interesting study of a new treatment program for people with depression. As many people know from experience, depression is characterized in part by an inability to […]

Move Your Body, Move Your Brain: Training for Neuroplasticity

Chandler Stevens The connection between mind and body is critical to athletic performance. Sensory maps in the brain control our patterns of movement, but forming the connection between mind and body is more complex than simply whipping out an atlas of the mind. The structures of these neural maps are constantly changing throughout our lives […]

Can We Be Mindful at Work Without Meditating?

Leah Weiss explains how to bring more awareness, compassion, and purpose to work without a meditation cushion. With the possible exception of our families of origin, no other setting than work provides us with more opportunities to be irritated, outraged, anxious, discouraged, disappointed, overwhelmed, jealous, embarrassed, bored, or afraid of saying what we really mean. […]

Humans could download brains on to a computer and live forever

The brain works like a complex circuit board which could be recreated on a computer Once computer engineers have worked out how to make a circuit board as complex as the human mind we will be able to download ourselves onto computers By Sarah Knapton Humans could download their brain on to a computer and […]

The ‘Muscle of the Soul’ may be Triggering Your Fear and Anxiety

Brett Wilbanks, Staff Writer Waking Times The psoas major muscle (pronounced “so-as”) is often referred to as the deepest core, or as yoga therapist and film-maker Danielle Olsonstates, the “muscle of the soul.” This core-stabilizing muscle located near the hip bone affects mobility, structural balance, joint function, flexibility, and much more. In addition to its […]

Donut-shaped ‘compass’ glimpsed inside fly brain

By Jonathan WebbScience reporter, BBC News Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionA concentrated patch of activity shifted around the ring as the fly turned (Footage: Johannes Seelig / Nature) A cluster of cells in the brain of a fly can track the animal’s orientation like a compass, […]

Creating a Culture of Gratitude in the Workplace

As we approach the holiday season, lots of heart-felt stories about kindness and giving start to appear.  Tis’ the season, so to speak.   It’s a time when even the busiest and most cynical among us pause (even if only for a short time) and reflect.   But too often, the feelings of gratitude that the holiday […]

How Do Thoughts & Emotions Impact Health?

Emotions that are freely experienced and expressed without judgment or attachment tend to flow fluidly. On the other hand, repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can zap mental energy and hope and lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure or digestive disorders. Therefore, it’s important for us to recognize and identify our […]

This is what happens to your brain when you stop eating sugar

WRITTEN BY Jordan Gaines LewisNeuroscience Doctoral Candidate, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine Sugar withdrawal is real. I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Penn., “Chocolate Capital of the World,” doesn’t help either of us. But Andrew is braver than […]

How Do Thoughts & Emotions Impact Health?

Emotions that are freely experienced and expressed without judgment or attachment tend to flow fluidly. On the other hand, repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can zap mental energy and hope and lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure or digestive disorders. Therefore, it’s important for us to recognize and identify our […]