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Neuroscientist shows meditation increases cortical thickness.

Great study by Sara Lazar, et al., linking the practice of mindfulness meditation with increased thickness in certain cortical areas associated with greater cognitive capacity.

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Mindfulness meditation functions like weight-training for the brain.

Neuroscientist, Sara Lazar, and her colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital continue to shed light on the positive effects that mindfulness meditation has on the brain. In their paper, Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness, they report … Continue reading

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The wandering mind and happiness, an inverted relationship.

Last November, John Tierney in the New York Times wrote a great piece titled, When the Mind Wanders, Happiness Also Strays. The article, without mentioning it, gave great support for the need to cultivate sustainably strong attention with … Continue reading

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Perceptual Illusions with Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely, of Duke University, is one of the leading behavioral economists at work today. His books and talks reveal humbling insights about the limits of our rationality. In the video below, “Are we in control of our decisions?”, Ariely … Continue reading

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