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Study shows how online mindfulness interventions can reduce work-related rumination and fatigue, and improve sleep quality

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Work these days often comes with long hours, emotionally draining colleagues, and complex problems that require an enormous amount of mental energy. So it’s no surprise that many of us have a hard time leaving work-related thoughts at the office.

“Surveys have shown that between 16 and 25 percent of the workforce have regular issues of not being able to switch off and are upset or distressed by work-related thoughts,” says Mark Cropley, a professor of health psychology at the University of Surrey. That can lead to a host of mental and physical health issues, including difficulty focusing and depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Large study highlights the cognitive enhancement value of both higher education and lifelong learning

 

Courtesy David Lee at The Daily Californian

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UC Berkeley study links cognitive longevity to higher education (The Daily Californian):

“A study led by campus researchers found that higher levels of education are linked to later ages of peak cognitive performance…The team was able to use anonymous data gathered from almost 200,000 subscribers to Lumosity, an online cognitive training program, whose users consented that their results could be used for scientific research. Read the rest of this entry »

Dance training: The ultimate way to delay brain decline by combining physical, cognitive, and social engagement

Study: Dancing may offset some effects of aging in the brain (CSU release):

“A new study led by a Colorado State University researcher shows that kicking up your heels can actually be good for your noggin.

The research team demonstrated for the first time that decline in the brain’s “white matter” can be detected over a period of only six months in healthy aging adults Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Wisdom requires both higher heart rate variability and adopting a third-person perspective

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Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems.

Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)—the variability in the time between our heartbeats Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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At-Home Cognitive Remediation May Provide Medication-Free Symptom Relief for Neuropsychological Issues Associated with Multiple Sclerosis (press release):

“Cognitive impairment is one of the core symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)—and one of its most troubling concerns for many people with the condition. Now, a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center may provide hope for symptomatic relief for Read the rest of this entry »

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