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July 7, 2018

Experiencing a Stressful Day May Lower Cognitive Abilities Throughout the Day

Summary: Waking up feeling stressed and anxious can impact your cognitive function throughout the day, researchers report. A new study reveals those who woke up feeling as though the day ahead would be stressful experienced problems with working memory later in the day. Researchers say the anticipation of stress impacts cognition, even if a stressful event does not occur.

Source: Penn State.

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June 22, 2018

What’s this “may” business!

“Mindful Movement May Lower Stress and Anxiety”

Stress Levels Change After Meditation

Summary: Researchers report meditation and yoga are more effective at reducing stress than Chi in soldiers. Additionally, those who meditate showed stronger executive control.

Source: U.S Army Research Laboratory.

For a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there has never been a systematic study that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation until now.

U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers spent a year collaborating with a team of scientists from the University of North Texas to develop a new data processing technique that uses heart rate variability as a sensor to monitor the state of the brain. Their findings are reported in a paper published in the June edition of Frontiers in Physiology.

[It gets technical, and you do not need to read the whole thing, but do get the point: meditation is beneficial as it relates to stress. A point that I have been harping on in Posts on this Blog for 13 years – and a integral part of why Tai Chi is perfect exercise…  Incidentally, this “Chi” thing referred to in the research is, no doubt, a new agey flavor of the month, so there is another lesson to be learned: the traditional approaches produce results not immediately reproducible by copy cat attempts.]

December 24, 2017

Multiple Independent Threshold Units

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You probably don’t want to read the review of the Study, but…Things have changed… Again.

“Using new types of experiments on neuronal cultures, a group of scientists, led by Prof. Ido Kanter, of the Department of Physics at Bar-Ilan University, has demonstrated that this century-old assumption regarding brain activity is mistaken.”

August 17, 2016

‘Doing nothing does quite a lot’

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January 27, 2015

Ancient Beliefs Backed By Science

How nice.

This article talks about both Tai Chi and Meditation putting them in the same scale of revelation as the earth isn’t flat. Check it out if you need more evidence. If you already know that the earth is not flat it isn’t quite so important.

January 13, 2015

If You Want To Lose Weight…

… meditate!

Weigh loss is a head game for most people (well, almost everyone). Meditating allows for all kinds of breakthroughs as you access the issues surrounding your weight. Think on it. Notice the feelings that come up. Try to feel the feelings, and not think too much (the analyzing, judging, commentary that you are used to is a habit that hasn’t served you too well perhaps). Let the feels play themselves out and new (original) thoughts will surface – thoughts derived from new awareness.

Here is a Post that relates to this. Some say it’s my best Post ever. In this case the automatic response might be to eat… and eat… and eat. The emotional satisfaction that comes from the visceral feeling of being full (as in belly is full of food) is well known to many people with weight issues. Sound familiar? Meditation will help you make conscious choices.

November 12, 2014

Cancer, Telomeres, and Meditation

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Those telomeres again

June 10, 2014

A Brain Exercise For Creativity?

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Meditation — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 12:21 pm

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Here is a link to a decent article re-enforcing much of what I have often written about. Here is talks about counting, but it’s really as simple and “noticing” your breath.

And, as I have recommended in the past, I think Centerpointe with Holosync Technology is as good as it gets. It is particularly good if you have tried meditation in the past and found it difficult.

April 25, 2014

New Study On Meditation From Lumosity

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Meditation’s Effects on Alpha Brain Waves
(This came in an email from Lumosity… Good stuff!)

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a “volume knob” for attention, changing brain wave patterns.
What is MBSR?

Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation techniques that have been practiced in some form or another for over two millennia. The 8-week MBSR program still follows some of the same principles of the original Buddhist practice, training followers to focus a “spotlight of attention” on different parts of their body. Eventually, it is hoped, practitioners learn to develop the same awareness of their mental states.

In the last 20 years, MBSR and a similar practice called mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been included in an increasing number of healthcare plans in the developed world. Some studies have shown that these practices can reduce distress in individuals with chronic pain and decrease risk of relapses into depression.

In this study, Brown University researchers wanted to investigate whether MBSR could have a broader application beyond the clinical realm. Could MBSR impact the alpha brain waves that help filter and organize sensory inputs, improving attentional control?

Study design

Researchers divided the study’s 12 healthy adult participants into two groups: a test group that underwent MBSR training for 8 weeks, and a control group that did not. After 8 weeks, a brain imaging technique known as magnetoencephalography (MEG) was used to measure alpha wave patterns in participants.

While hooked up to the brain scanning equipment, participants felt taps on their hands and feet at random intervals. On average, those who trained with MBSR demonstrated faster and greater alpha wave changes in response to these taps. These alpha wave surges indicated that participants were better able to quickly focus attention on the relevant body parts.

How alpha waves affect cognition

Alpha rhythms help filter irrelevant sensory inputs in the brain. Without proper filtering, the ability to carry out many basic cognitive operations can be crippled.

Imagine the simple task of backing a car out of the driveway. In order to reach the street safely, you must hold your destination in mind while steering and ignoring distractions from every modality: news on the radio, children playing at the end of the block, an itch on your foot, the glare of the sun in your eyes. Most people filter out these distractions subconsciously — but should irrelevant stimuli distract you, backing out can become a difficult ordeal.

This Brown University study is in line with other research on meditation, confirming previous findings that link enhanced attentional performance and fewer errors in tests of visual attention with meditation. While it’s still too early to declare meditation a cure-all for everything from attentional control to chronic pain, it’ll be fascinating to see what future research uncovers about this millennia-old tradition’s impact on the brain.

April 23, 2014

“Training is a marathon, not a sprint. Come back tomorrow to challenge yourself again.”

That was how the Lumosity site finished today’s session. It reminded of my teacher’s frequent reference to Tai chi as “The long game.”

It applies to so many things. And it goes both ways: when I see the marked postural distortions that accompany people’s pain and suffering it’s clear that they had very definite habits that persisted for long periods of time to get into the condition they get into. (Of course the job of reversing all of that is another story:-)

I just finished “The Power of Habit.” I recommend it.

April 4, 2014

Re-Blogged From Mattonwordpress.com

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Sustainability — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 7:57 am

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I couldn’t resist.

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