Investigating healthy minds | Krista Tippett • Richard Davidson

We are always changing, learning, growing. It’s not a question of if, but a question of how. Neuroplasticity is the study of the brain’s plasticity, or its ability to adapt over an individual’s lifetime. Along with scientific research on contemplative practices, neuroplasticity is giving us new maps of what is possible in the exploration of human […]

Change your mind, change the world | Center for the Investigation of Healthy Minds

Led by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is at the forefront of research on healthy qualities of mind. Reference Change your mind, change the world | Center for the Investigation of Healthy Minds

THE SELF CONTROL THERMOSTAT

COULD EMOTIONS BE THE KEY TO SELF-CONTROL? Looking at our feelings/emotions as pre-verbal, embodied information about the self and the environment that may help us better understand (and control) our thoughts and actions.   We know that people who meditate do better on tasks that require self-control… “[The study] results suggest that willpower or self-control […]

4 important things about mindfulness your didn’t realize | Drake Baer

In his article on mindfulness, Baer compares the concept of emotional agility to the experience of “bullet time” as portrayed in movies like the Matrix. It’s a great analogy, especially for those of us who’ve always wished we had a superpower. But it also highlights one of the main benefits of mindfulness practice — developing the ability to slow […]

Definition of mindfulness | American Mindfulness Research Association

The American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) provides a variety of resources related to the advancement of scientific research on mindfulness. AMRA’s Definition of Mindfulness The state, process, and practice of remembering to observe moment-to-moment experience with openness and without automatic patterns of previously conditioned thoughts, emotions, or behaviors. Reference American Mindfulness Research Association

Meditation and Multi-tasking

When we talk about learning, we’re normally talking about transactional learning or the learning of information. However, we also learn behaviors, which include ways of understanding information that affect/effect how we interpret concepts (mental patterns of behavior) as well as ways of responding to information that affect/effect how we act in the world (physical patterns of […]