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Study finds a key ingredient in mindfulness training: Acceptance (not acquiescence)

Life can be stress­ful. Whether it’s the stress that comes with hav­ing too much work to do in too lit­tle time, ful­fill­ing care­giv­ing oblig­a­tions, or deal­ing with a major ill­ness or set­back, some­times it can be hard to cope.

In response to stress, many peo­ple today are turn­ing to med­i­ta­tion or mind­ful­ness apps (myself includ­ed). But not all mind­ful­ness prac­tice is equal­ly effec­tive for com­bat­ing stress Read the rest of this entry »

Want to feel more Calm, get some Headspace, and practice Mindfulness Daily?

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Let me ask again…want to feel more Calm, get some Head­space, and prac­tice Mind­ful­ness Dai­ly?

There are apps for that—hundreds of them, besides the three I just men­tioned.

These apps make a promise: Rather than invest­ing count­less hours and dol­lars in mind­ful­ness class­es or mind­ful­ness-based ther­a­py, we can choose to med­i­tate from the com­fort of our smart­phones. Users are flock­ing to mind­ful­ness apps in hopes of cul­ti­vat­ing kind atten­tion to their own thoughts and feel­ings, and of reap­ing the men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits that go along with mind­ful­ness.

But do they work? What does sci­ence say about mind­ful­ness apps? Read the rest of this entry »

Mastering the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity: Cognitive training, mindfulness apps, EEG and virtual/ augmented reality

Mas­ter the dig­i­tal toolk­it to har­ness life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty from Sharp­Brains

Four lead­ing pio­neers of applied neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty helped us nav­i­gate best prac­tices to har­ness most promis­ing non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, such as cog­ni­tive train­ing, mind­ful­ness apps, EEG and virtual/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty.

  • Chair: Lin­da Raines, CEO of the Men­tal Health Asso­ci­a­tion of Mary­land
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, win­ner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neu­ro­science
  • Dr. Jud­son Brew­er, Founder & Research Lead of Clar­i­tas Mind­sciences
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv
  • Dr. Andrea Seri­no, Head of Neu­ro­science at Mind­Maze

This pre­sen­ta­tion took place at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016).

Master the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity

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We’re look­ing for­ward to many great ses­sions at the vir­tu­al sum­mit next week…this is one of our favorites, Wednes­day, Decem­ber 7thMas­ter the dig­i­tal toolk­it to har­ness life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty. Four lead­ing pio­neers of applied neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty will help us nav­i­gate best prac­tices to har­ness most promis­ing non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, such as cog­ni­tive train­ing, mind­ful­ness apps, EEG and virtual/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty.

  • Chair: Lin­da Raines, CEO of the Men­tal Health Asso­ci­a­tion of Mary­land
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, win­ner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neu­ro­science
  • Dr. Jud­son Brew­er, Founder & Research Lead of Clar­i­tas Mind­sciences
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv
  • Dr. Andrea Seri­no, Head of Neu­ro­science at Mind­Maze

Learn more & Reg­is­ter Here

I know of no bet­ter resource than the annu­al Sharp­Brains Sum­mit to explore the lat­est and what’s next. Excel­lent dis­cus­sions and over­all event.”  - Dr. Michael P. O’Don­nell,  Edi­tor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion

I was impressed by the for­ward-look­ing yet prac­ti­cal dis­cus­sion about enhanc­ing human per­for­mance.” - Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Con­sor­tium

A great way to gath­er cur­rent infor­ma­tion on brain health from a vari­ety of sources and to make new con­nec­tions” - Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dol­by Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacif­ic Med­ical Cen­ter

Learning how to mindfully navigate mindfulness apps

mindfulness appThe Trou­ble with Mind­ful­ness Apps (Mind­ful):

Be pre­pared to be bored.

This is the gist of one of the noti­fi­ca­tions you receive before you try the body scan med­i­ta­tion from Mind­ful Mood Bal­ance, a web-based pro­gram cur­rent­ly being pilot­ed in Read the rest of this entry »

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