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Update: To improve sleep, combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques

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Had a good night’s sleep?

We hope you did, so you can fully enjoy all the fascinating articles and brain teasers in the new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter…including excellent advice on how to combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques, and a book giveaway.

Happy reading!

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Finally, some fun Brain teasers:

 

Have a great month of June!

The SharpBrains Team

Survey finds significant promise for home-based, data-rich cognitive therapy among stroke survivors

ConstantTherapyTelehealth Sees Success in Therapy (MHealth Intelligence):

“Telehealth-based therapy programs for stroke survivors have helped increase cognitive and language skills and enabled patients to receive therapy five times more often, according to one company. Read the rest of this entry »

Anticipating the Privacy and Informed Consent issues of the Neurotechnology Era

EEGwomanIn conjunction with the new National Geographic program “Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain,” coming this Sunday, November 15, at 9 pm ET, I was asked to provide my perspective on a very provocative question:

What if scientists were able to implant or erase memories? For some, like those suffering from PTSD this could be life-changing, or do you think this is scientific innovation gone too far?

The question is very timely. Read the rest of this entry »

Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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Depression: A change of mind (Nature):

“Cognitive therapy, commonly known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), aims to help people to identify and change negative, self-destructive thought patterns. And although it does not work for everyone with depression, data have been accumulating in its favour. “CBT is one of the clear success stories in psychotherapy,” says Stefan Hofmann, a psychologist at Boston University in Massachusetts…

Antidepressant drugs are usually the first-line treatment for depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of mindfulness in education

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More and more studies are showing the potential benefits of mindfulness practices for students –to improve physical health, psychological well-being, social skills, even academic performance in some cases– as well as for teachers and administrators –primarily to reduce stress and burnout–.

To give you an update on the landscape of scientific research about the role of mindfulness in education, here goes our selection of ten recent studies, all of them recent randomized controlled trials, with brief descriptions of each Read the rest of this entry »

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