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MU Expert Discusses Workplace Mindfulness Practices

MU Expert Discusses Workplace Mindfulness Practices | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Stress reduction classes improve work performance, concentration and creativity, says University of Missouri expert.
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"Workplaces that encourage employees to adopt and learn mindfulness-based skills will be healthier, happier and more productive," says Rossy. "These skills teach people the ability to respond better to stress, pain and illness. Mindfulness leads to an increase in important self-care strategies."

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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.

Several previous studies have supported the hypothesis that meditation training improves practitioners' emotional regulation. While neuroimaging studies have found that meditation training appeared to decrease activation of the amygdala -- a structure at the base of the brain that is known to have a role in processing memory and emotion -- those changes were only observed while study participants were meditating. The current study was designed to test the hypothesis that meditation training could also produce a generalized reduction in amygdala response to emotional stimuli,  

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Wandering Minds Associated With Aging Cells | www.ucsf.edu

Wandering Minds Associated With Aging Cells | www.ucsf.edu | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Scientific studies have suggested that a wandering mind indicates unhappiness, whereas a mind that is present in the moment indicates well-being. Now a preliminary UCSF study suggests a possible link between mind wandering and aging, by looking at a biological measure of longevity.

 

In the study, telomere length, an emerging biomarker for cellular and general bodily aging, was assessed in association with the tendency to be present in the moment versus the tendency to mind wander, in research on 239 healthy, midlife women ranging in age from 50 to 65 years.

 

Being present in the moment was defined as an inclination to be focused on current tasks, while mind wandering was defined as the inclination to have thoughts about things other than the present or being elsewhere.

 

According to the findings, published online on Nov. 15 in the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science, those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with their current activities, had longer telomeres, even after adjusting for current stress.

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