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curated research and relevant news for contemplative neuroscience, mindfulness, the self, and consciousness
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7 Unresolved Questions About Mindfulness | Mindful

7 Unresolved Questions About Mindfulness | Mindful | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Ed Halliwell, meditation teacher and mindful.org blogger, on the next frontiers in mindfulness.
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Self-Awareness: Warrior Mind Podcast #178

Self-Awareness: Warrior Mind Podcast #178 | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Warrior Mind Podcast inspiring you to seek more self-awareness to live a life of power, purpose and passion, with perseverance.
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Meditation Goes Mainstream with These Apps

Meditation Goes Mainstream with These Apps | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Meditation. It’s not a New Age thing anymore, or a Buddhist thing, or even a David Lynch thing. It’s gone mainstream and secular, and now, like everything else in your life, it’s available as an app.
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What Suffering Does

What Suffering Does | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it

gIn a culture obsessed with happiness, we should remember that coming to terms with suffering is instructive to the soul.

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great piece on the benefits of suffering

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The Guardian Asks Thich Nhat Hanh, “Is Mindfulness Being Corrupted by ... - Patheos (blog)

The Guardian Asks Thich Nhat Hanh, “Is Mindfulness Being Corrupted by ... - Patheos (blog) | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The Guardian Asks Thich Nhat Hanh, “Is Mindfulness Being Corrupted by ...
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Are You Mindful or Mindless?

Are You Mindful or Mindless? | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is making its way into corporate culture as a term, but here's how to make it a reality for yourself. Learn to slow down, think more clearly, and unleash your creativity.
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"noticing new things"...hmmm 

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Jon Pratlett's curator insight, March 27, 7:00 PM

With greater mindful comes the ability for better self-regulation.

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The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Many of us believe being self-critical and hard on ourselves is a good thing. We mistakenly think that being competitive and pushing ourselves hard is required for success. Research, however, is proving these theories wrong.
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Chade-Meng Tan: Mindfulness: The Juicy Stuff Beyond the Hype

Chade-Meng Tan: Mindfulness: The Juicy Stuff Beyond the Hype | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
When it comes to mindfulness meditation, especially how it is practiced and taught in the context of the workplace, I have good news, even better news and bad news.
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You Can Meditate, But Can You Learn to Ride a Bike? | Mindful

You Can Meditate, But Can You Learn to Ride a Bike? | Mindful | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists respond to a recent study suggesting mindfulness might hinder learning.
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Mindfulness: New Treatment for Opioid Abuse

Mindfulness: New Treatment for Opioid Abuse | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Prescription drug addiction is a nationwide problem. Could mindfulness be the key to avoiding opioid addiction, when a doctor prescribes opiate painkillers?
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Go Eric.

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Attention Feedback Awareness and Control Training (A-FACT): Experimental test of a novel intervention paradigm targeting attentional bias

Attention Feedback Awareness and Control Training (A-FACT): Experimental test of a novel intervention paradigm targeting attentional bias | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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@Amitberstein and Ariel Zvielli find mental training can alleviate negative bias

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How Yoga Changes the Brain

How Yoga Changes the Brain | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The ancient practice promotes growth in brain regions for self-awareness
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Mindfulness Meditation Could Improve Decision Making - Health News - redOrbit

Mindfulness Meditation Could Improve Decision Making - Health News - redOrbit | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A new study from researchers at INSEAD and The Wharton School shows that one 15-minute focused-breathing meditation may help people make smarter choices.
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Trait mindfulness and catastrophizing as mediators of the association between pain severity and pain-related impairment

Publication date: August 2014
Source:Personality and Individual Differences, Volume 66
Author(s): Chung Jung Mun , Morris A.
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ISCS 2014

ISCS 2014 | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
International Symposium for Contemplative Studies October 30 - November 2, 2014 Boston, MA
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Scholarships are available for students to make registration only $50!

 

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There's no price tag on a clear mind: Intel to launch mindfulness program

There's no price tag on a clear mind: Intel to launch mindfulness program | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The tech giant has developed a mindfulness program for its global workforce, but with no numerical return on investment, what's the business case?
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go Intel.

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Stress in mothers of children with autism: Trait mindfulness as a protective factor

Publication date: June 2014
Source:Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 8, Issue 6
Author(s): Caitlin M. Conner , Susan W. White
Mindfulness-based interventions may reduce parents’ stress and improve parent–child relationships.
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Wrap your head around meditation in Brookline seminar - Wicked Local Brookline

Wrap your head around meditation in Brookline seminar - Wicked Local Brookline | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it

I'llWrap your head around meditation in Brookline seminar Wicked Local Brookline Vago was one of six scientists selected to present his research to His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the Mind and Life Institute XXIV dialogue, "Latest Findings in...

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I'll be giving a free talk at the Brookline public library on April 8th at 6pm.http://bit.ly/1dHHwOX

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Roshi Joan Halifax Talks “Sexism, Mindfulness, Ethics, and Grief” with Elephant Journal’s Waylon Lewis

Roshi Joan Halifax Talks “Sexism, Mindfulness, Ethics, and Grief” with Elephant Journal’s Waylon Lewis | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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Brief mindfulness meditation training alters psychological and neuroendocrine responses to social evaluative stress

Publication date: June 2014
Source:Psychoneuroendocrinology, Volume 44
Author(s): J. David Creswell , Laura E. Pacilio , Emily K.
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Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society - 12th Annual Scientific Conference

Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society - 12th Annual Scientific Conference | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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I'll be speaking with some great friends and colleagues April 3rd at the 

The John and Tussi Kluge Research Symposium on Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Compassion: Mechanisms, Models and More

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Gentrifying the dharma: How the 1 percent is hijacking mindfulness

Gentrifying the dharma: How the 1 percent is hijacking mindfulness | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
As big corporations embrace meditation, some Buddhists fear their religion's being co-opted by elites
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Aside from my gut reaction to be concerned about authenticity and appropriate message framing - this really could be a natural process of social transformation

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JAMA Network | JAMA Internal Medicine | Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being:  A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

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Mindfulness meditation programs had moderate evidence of improved anxiety (effect size, 0.38 [95% CI, 0.12-0.64] at 8 weeks and 0.22 [0.02-0.43] at 3-6 months), depression (0.30 [0.00-0.59] at 8 weeks and 0.23 [0.05-0.42] at 3-6 months), and pain (0.33 [0.03- 0.62]) and low evidence of improved stress/distress and mental health–related quality of life. We found low evidence of no effect or insufficient evidence of any effect of meditation programs on positive mood, attention, substance use, eating habits, sleep, and weight. We found no evidence that meditation programs were better than any active treatment (ie, drugs, exercise, and other behavioral therapies).


Take home: meditation-based programs ( 3 to 12wks) can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and stress in clinical populations with low evidence for improvement of positive mood, attention or sleep.

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The default network and self-generated thought: component processes, dynamic control, and clinical relevance - Andrews-Hanna - 2014 - Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences - Wiley Online Library

The default network and self-generated thought: component processes, dynamic control, and clinical relevance - Andrews-Hanna - 2014 - Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences - Wiley Online Library | Contemplative Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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Jessica lays it all down. :)

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The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Opportunities and Challenges - from Wisdom 2.0 2014

Wisdom 2.0 2014 by Wisdom 2.0 on Livestream - Livestream.com (The Rise of Mindfulness in Society: Opportunities and Challenges http://t.co/myWYXVrVTQ …)...
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