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Survey: Parents view Exercise as more effective than Prescription Medications to treat children with ADHD

Consider how research support for ADHD treatments are typically established. The ‘gold-standard’ approach would be a randomized-controlled trial in which children with ADHD are randomly assigned to the treatment or control group. The treatment, whatever it happens to be, would be carefully implemented in a research-based protocol. If possible Read the rest of this entry »

Studies suggest we better train the mind as we train the body: with cross-training and in good company

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Different meditation types train distinct parts of your brain (New Scientist):

“We are used to hearing that meditation is good for the brain, but now it seems that not just any kind of meditation will do. Just like physical exercise, the kind of improvements you get depends on exactly how you train – and most of us are doing it all wrong Read the rest of this entry »

Update: New book by Daniel Goleman & Richard Davidson describes how long-term meditation can improve our minds, brains, and bodies

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Time for SharpBrains’ September e-newsletter, this time discussing a range of topics from meditation research to the first FDA-cleared digital therapeutic to upcoming events at the frontier of applied brain science. Also, a warning: Parents, coaches, teachers, –you can read why below–  let’s find safer sports for kids to play than American football.

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Have a great month of October!

The SharpBrains Team

 

New book by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson describes four reasons why long-term meditation can lead to profound improvements in our minds, brains, and bodies

Mindfulness meditation is everywhere these days. From the classroom to the board room, people are jumping on the mindfulness bandwagon, hoping to discover for themselves some of its promised benefits, like better focus, more harmonious relationships, and less stress.

I too have started a mindfulness meditation practice and have found it to be helpful in my everyday life. But, as a science writer, I still have to wonder: Is all of the hype around mindfulness running ahead of the science? What does the research really say about mindfulness?  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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