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3 Key Mindfulness Practices for Calm, Self-Compassion and Happiness - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

3 Key Mindfulness Practices for Calm, Self-Compassion and Happiness - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Three of my favorite short mindfulness practices, all spelled out to start applying today.

 

When it comes to mindfulness, there are a number of great short practices that help us be more present to our lives. In this post I’m going to reveal three key mindfulness practices that can help us pause, break out of auto-pilot, step into emotional freedom and even open up to a source of connection that is ultimately healing to ourselves and the world. Plus, I’ll reveal a new practice that people are starting to love.


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Eliana Salber's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:57 PM

simple y muy efectivo para hacerte dueño de tus estados

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, July 16, 2013 11:05 AM

3 Técnicas sencillas para identificar lo realmente importante.

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Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking; awareness of dreaming

Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking; awareness of dreaming | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
To control one's dreams and to live 'out there' what is impossible in real life -- a truly tempting idea. Some persons -- so-called lucid dreamers -- can do this. Researchers have discovered that the brain area which enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers. Thus, lucid dreamers are possibly also more self-reflecting when being awake.
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Networks of the brain reflect the individual gender identity | Neuroscientist News | neuroscientistnews.com

Networks of the brain reflect the individual gender identity | Neuroscientist News | neuroscientistnews.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Our sense of belonging to the male or female gender is an inherent component of the human identity perception. As a general rule, gender identity and physical sex coincide. If this is not the case, one refers to trans-identity or transsexuality. In a current study, brain researcher Georg S. Kanz of the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Medical University (MedUni) Vienna was able to demonstrate that the very personal gender identity of every human being is reflected and verifiable in the cross-links between brain regions.
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An Antidote to the Imager's Fallacy, or How to Identify Brain Areas That Are in Limbo

An Antidote to the Imager's Fallacy, or How to Identify Brain Areas That Are in Limbo | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Traditionally, fMRI data are analyzed using statistical parametric mapping approaches. Regardless of the precise thresholding procedure, these approaches ultimately divide the brain in regions that do or do not differ significantly across experimental conditions. This binary classification scheme fosters the so-called imager's fallacy, where researchers prematurely conclude that region A is selectively involved in a certain cognitive task because activity in that region reaches statistical significance and activity in region B does not. For such a conclusion to be statistically valid, however, a test on the differences in activation across these two regions is required. Here we propose a simple GLM-based method that defines an “in-between” category of brain regions that are neither significantly active nor inactive, but rather “in limbo”. For regions that are in limbo, the activation pattern is inconclusive: it does not differ significantly from baseline, but neither does it differ significantly from regions that do show significant changes from baseline. This pattern indicates that measurement was insufficiently precise. By directly testing differences in activation, our procedure helps reduce the impact of the imager's fallacy. The method is illustrated using concrete examples.

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An approach towards ethics: neuroscience and development

An approach towards ethics: neuroscience and development | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
For me personally it has always been a struggle, reading through all the philosophical and religious literature I have a long standing interest in, to verbalize my intuitive concept of morals in an...
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Safecracking the Brain

Safecracking the Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

It’s hard to imagine an encryption machine more sophisticated than the human brain. This three-pound blob of tissue holds an estimated 86 billion neurons, cells that rapidly fire electrical pulses in split-second response to whatever stimuli our bodies encounter in the external environment. Each neuron, in turn, has thousands of spindly branches that reach out to nodes, called synapses, which transmit those electrical messages to other cells. Somehow the brain interprets this impossibly noisy code, allowing us to effectively respond to an ever-changing world.

Given the complexity of the neural code, it’s not surprising that some neuroscientists are borrowing tricks from more experienced hackers: cryptographers, the puzzle-obsessed who draw on math, logic, and computer science to make and break secret codes.


http://nautil.us/issue/20/creativity/safecracking-the-brain-rp


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tom cockburn's curator insight, January 31, 3:50 AM

Bit more than the Enigma machine of WW2 fame

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Neutron beams reveal how two potential pieces of Parkinson's puzzle fit

Neutron beams reveal how two potential pieces of Parkinson's puzzle fit | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
To understand diseases like Parkinson's, the tiniest of puzzles may hold big answers.
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Anxiety moderates amyloid-beta association with cognition

Anxiety moderates amyloid-beta association with cognition | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—For older adults, elevated amyloid-β (Aβ) levels correlate with cognitive decline, and elevated anxiety moderates these associations, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in JAMA Psychiatry.
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The unique spatial firing patterns of the hippocampal place cells

The unique spatial firing patterns of the hippocampal place cells | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Bayesian integration is thought to be used by the brain for optimal decision-making based on information from different sources.
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Chronic Pain Associated with Activation of Brain's Glial Cells

Chronic Pain Associated with Activation of Brain's Glial Cells | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

"Patients with chronic pain show signs of glial activation in brain centers that modulate pain, according to results from a PET-MRI study"

 

Summary from BrainHQ Brain Fitness News: January 2015

Brain’s Glial Cells Drive Chronic Pain
Is your back out of whack? Blame your glial cells. Scientists in Boston have found that the brain’s glial cells play a key role in chronic pain. They plan to use this new finding to develop drugs that target the glial pathway in hopes of improving pain relief therapies. 


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Early Stage Researchers | MARATONE Marie Curie ITN programme

Early Stage Researchers | MARATONE Marie Curie ITN programme | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Research Fellows  (Early Stage Researchers) recruited in MARATONE have multi-disciplinary background in areas such as: epidemiology, health economics, law, medicine, mental health systems and policy, psychology, psychiatry, and other health professions, political science, public health, and statistics. In the MARATONE they will conduct research projects that have been designed to parallel the building blocks of the 2009 EU Resolution on Mental Health (EU, 2009):

  1. Mental health in youth and education
  2. Mental health of older people
  3. Prevention of depression and suicide
  4. Mental health in workplace setting
  5. Combating stigma and social exclusion
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Feedback and Emotions in the Trust Game

Feedback and Emotions in the Trust GameWe conduct an experiment on the impact of feedback in the Trust Game. In our treatment group, the Trustee has the opportunity to give feedback to the Investor (free in choice of wording and contents). The feedback option is found to reduce the share of Investors who sent no resources to the Trustee, while the impact on average behavior is less pronounced. The notion proposed by Xiao and Houser (2005, PNAS) according to which verbal feedback and monetary sanctions are substitutes is not supported. We use the PANAS-scale (Mackinnon et al., 1999) to capture change in subjects’ short-run affective state during the experiment. Receiving feedback has an impact on the Investors’ short-run affective state but giving feedback is not found to have an effect on Trustees’ short-run affective state.   


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Are Emotions As Contagious As The Common Cold? [VIDEO]

Are Emotions As Contagious As The Common Cold? [VIDEO] | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The mirror neurons theory may hold the key as to why we smile when other people smile.
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Testosterone helps to bind antidepressants in the brain | Neuroscientist News | neuroscientistnews.com

Testosterone helps to bind antidepressants in the brain | Neuroscientist News | neuroscientistnews.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Female sex hormones have a strong effect on the psyche. This has been confirmed by numerous scientific studies and by phenomena such as the "baby blues," a bout of low mood following childbirth, or recurrent mood swings that occur prior to menstruation. However the male sex hormone testosterone also affects our mood and emotions, as well as our libido -- and in a positive way. In a study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers from the MedUni Vienna have now discovered a potential biological mechanism behind this relationship.
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FDA approves first-of-kind device to treat obesity | Neuroscientist News | neuroscientistnews.com

FDA approves first-of-kind device to treat obesity | Neuroscientist News | neuroscientistnews.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Maestro Rechargeable System for certain obese adults, the first weight loss treatment device that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness.   The Maestro Rechargeable System, the first FDA-approved obesity device since 2007, is approved to treat patients aged 18 and older who have not been able to lose weight with a weight loss program, and who have a body mass index of 35 to 45 with at least one other obesity-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes.
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Scientists begin to map neurodevelopment of schizophrenia.

Scientists begin to map neurodevelopment of schizophrenia. | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism a...

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Behavioral Science

This is "Behavioral Science" by Behavioral Science Lab on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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New Clues About a Brain Protein with High Affinity for Valium

New Clues About a Brain Protein with High Affinity for Valium | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely different protein.
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Eyes, ears and nose may aid Alzheimer's disease prevention and treatment

Eyes, ears and nose may aid Alzheimer's disease prevention and treatment | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Detecting a decline in certain sensory functions may become the future of preventing Alzheimer's disease (AD), with research showing smell testing and retinal imaging to be strong predictors of dementia risk.
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Minor head hits can chip away at a football player’s brain — even when there’s no concussion, research suggests

Minor head hits can chip away at a football player’s brain — even when there’s no concussion, research suggests | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Thanks to a string of new and quite disturbing studies (including one I reported on earlier this year), neuroscientists are finally beginning to get their message through the (thick?) skulls of football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports enthus
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Complex environments push 'brain' evolution

Complex environments push 'brain' evolution | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Little animations trying to master a computer game are teaching neuroscience researchers how the brain evolves when faced with difficult tasks.
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Scientists may have found the part of the brain that enables lucid dreaming

Scientists may have found the part of the brain that enables lucid dreaming | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A few people in the world are able to "wake up" in their dreams, retaining their lucidity and even exploring the dream world. According to a new study, all these people may have one thing in common - a neurological ability.
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Empathy: A motivated account

Empathy: A motivated account | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

We often think of empathy as an automatic process. However, empathy is often context-dependent. Our willingness to empathize with others changes with different situations and with different people.A new paper by Jamil Zaki resolves this tension by underscoring the role of motivation in empathy. Motives drive our willingness to empathize. In his paper, Zaki highlights specific motives that drive people to avoid and approach empathy, illustrates a motivated model of empathy, and suggests potential interventions to maximize empathy.For a complete list of SSNL publications, click here


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Gene linked to long life also protects against mental decline in old age

Gene linked to long life also protects against mental decline in old age | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Discovery gives scientists hope of developing a therapy that could slowdown the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia People who carry a mutated gene linked to longer lifespan have extra tissue in part of the brain that...
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