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Study: Long-term meditation can help slow down aging-related brain volume decline

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Long-term med­i­ta­tion tied to less brain loss (Reuters):

Peo­ple who reported med­i­tat­ing for an aver­age of 20 years had higher brain vol­umes than the aver­age per­son, researchers report in Fron­tiers in Psychology.

Kurth and his col­leagues write that they can’t say med­i­ta­tion caused its prac­ti­tion­ers to lose less brain vol­ume, how­ever. Other habits of long-term med­i­ta­tors may also influ­ence brain volume…

Nearly 18 mil­lion adults and 1 mil­lion chil­dren prac­ticed med­i­ta­tion in the U.S. in 2012, Read the rest of this entry »

Why retirement planning should include mental fitness

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Are You Men­tally Fit Enough to Plan for Retire­ment? (Money):

In this era of “self-directed” retire­ment (no pen­sions, you make all the invest­ment choices) post­pon­ing mak­ing a real plan poses a par­tic­u­lar risk to future secu­rity. Not only are the logis­tics of plan­ning hard enough—when to col­lect Social Secu­rity, how to bud­get for expenses, what to do with savings—but the decline in cog­ni­tion that Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Harnessing fMRI neurofeedback to enhance attention and cognitive potential

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Real-time brain feed­back reduces atten­tion lapses (News at Princeton):

In an arti­cle pub­lished online Mon­day by the jour­nal Nature Neu­ro­science, researchers at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity describe a study that shows train­ing peo­ple using real-time feed­back from their own brain activ­ity can reduce the fre­quency of atten­tion lapses and improve their abil­ity to sus­tain atten­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Reasons Why Parents of Children with ADHD Need to Become Proactive, Well-Informed Advocates

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Most chil­dren with ADHD receive their care from community-based pedi­a­tri­cians, so it is espe­cially impor­tant for that care to be con­sis­tent with best-practice guidelines.

Unfor­tu­nately, all too often it is not.

The guide­lines

Here is a brief sum­mary of some key ADHD guide­lines pub­lished by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics Read the rest of this entry »

Non-invasive neurotechnology reaches senior housing via ASHA-NeuroVigil innovative partnership

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Senior Liv­ing Sees Huge Poten­tial in Res­i­dent Brain Data (Senior Hous­ing News):

The Amer­i­can Senior Hous­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (ASHA) has announced a new part­ner­ship that aims to use neu­ro­science to deter­mine whether senior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties are ben­e­fit­ing their res­i­dents. As part of the ini­tia­tive, La Jolla, California-based Neu­roVigil will mon­i­tor Read the rest of this entry »

Q: What do people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety have in common? A: A brain with similar gray-matter loss

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Dif­fer­ent men­tal dis­or­ders cause same brain-matter loss, study finds (press release):

A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging stud­ies shows sim­i­lar gray-matter loss in the brains of peo­ple with diag­noses as dif­fer­ent as schiz­o­phre­nia, depres­sion and addiction…The find­ings call into ques­tion a long­stand­ing ten­dency to dis­tin­guish psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders chiefly by their symp­toms rather than their under­ly­ing brain pathol­ogy. Read the rest of this entry »

Research series: How, when and why does targeted cognitive training work to promote behavioral and emotional health?

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Explor­ing Tar­geted Cog­ni­tive Train­ing for Clin­i­cal Dis­or­ders (Asso­ci­a­tion for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science):

Research on the treat­ment of men­tal dis­or­ders often cen­ters on under­stand­ing which treat­ments work. But know­ing that a treat­ment is effec­tive doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily tell us why the treat­ment works. A bet­ter under­stand­ing of the pre­cise mech­a­nisms that Read the rest of this entry »

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