Carnegie Mellon researcher finds meditation trains brain

 
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25 February 2016 12:52
 

Carnegie Mellon researcher finds meditation trains brain
http://thetartan.org/2016/2/15/scitech/mindfulmed

Everyone gets stressed, and we all deal with our stress in different ways — meditation, exercise, or eating chocolate, to name a few examples. But new research out of Carnegie Mellon’s psychology department shows that mindfulness meditation, a state of focusing on the present and interacting nonjudgementally with thoughts, may physically change your brain and help you feel better.

Mindfulness meditation is a form of focus exercise that can take many forms, but a common one involves sitting upright with closed eyes and focusing on breathing. When the mind wanders, one passively acknowledges thoughts and returns to focus on breathing. The idea is to focus on the present moment instead of thinking about the past or the future.

Over the past few decades, research into mindfulness meditation has shown that it helps improve a broad range of stress-related physical health, disease, and psychiatric outcomes, such as depression and anxiety, but little is known about the neurobiological mechanisms behind these positive health outcomes.

A new study published in Biological Psychiatry and led by David Creswell, an associate professor of psychology in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, shows that mindfulness meditation reduces interleukin-6, a biomarker of systemic inflammation, in high-stress, unemployed adults more so than simple relaxation techniques.

Thought this was interesting, for those who do Buddhist Meditation/Vipassana.

 
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25 February 2016 18:56
 

Very cool! That’s what I like about mindfulness and meditation, there is a lot of research behind it. To be fair, I can’t claim to have reviewed all of said research in terms of quality, but it’s certainly more than something that comes down to one or two very small studies. I think attention and types / qualities of attention is a field that is just exploding right now and will continue to do so, with good reason - there’s a lot to be said about it, and it’s obviously very applicable to everyone’s life.

 
 
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Niclynn - 25 February 2016 06:56 PM

Very cool! That’s what I like about mindfulness and meditation, there is a lot of research behind it. To be fair, I can’t claim to have reviewed all of said research in terms of quality, but it’s certainly more than something that comes down to one or two very small studies. I think attention and types / qualities of attention is a field that is just exploding right now and will continue to do so, with good reason - there’s a lot to be said about it, and it’s obviously very applicable to everyone’s life.

Might be a bit heavy for you, but very effective: http://www.amazon.com/Kinerhythm-Meditation-Concentration-Oscar-Ichazo/dp/B001GAGXEK

 
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26 February 2016 04:41
 

The article doesn’t mention whether or not subjects were more likely to become employed as a result of meditation exercises. Or am I missing something?

 
 
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26 February 2016 09:22
 

Just have a beer and watch some porn.

 
 
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burt - 25 February 2016 09:52 PM
Niclynn - 25 February 2016 06:56 PM

Very cool! That’s what I like about mindfulness and meditation, there is a lot of research behind it. To be fair, I can’t claim to have reviewed all of said research in terms of quality, but it’s certainly more than something that comes down to one or two very small studies. I think attention and types / qualities of attention is a field that is just exploding right now and will continue to do so, with good reason - there’s a lot to be said about it, and it’s obviously very applicable to everyone’s life.

Might be a bit heavy for you, but very effective: http://www.amazon.com/Kinerhythm-Meditation-Concentration-Oscar-Ichazo/dp/B001GAGXEK


Looks interesting, but looks like it’s out of print so it’s $100 for the paperback. Maybe for the best, I can hardly deal with “breathe in, breathe out”, so add kinerhytm movement and I’d probably end up in the ER bent into a pretzel shape.

 
 
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Niclynn - 26 February 2016 09:58 PM
burt - 25 February 2016 09:52 PM
Niclynn - 25 February 2016 06:56 PM

Very cool! That’s what I like about mindfulness and meditation, there is a lot of research behind it. To be fair, I can’t claim to have reviewed all of said research in terms of quality, but it’s certainly more than something that comes down to one or two very small studies. I think attention and types / qualities of attention is a field that is just exploding right now and will continue to do so, with good reason - there’s a lot to be said about it, and it’s obviously very applicable to everyone’s life.

Might be a bit heavy for you, but very effective: http://www.amazon.com/Kinerhythm-Meditation-Concentration-Oscar-Ichazo/dp/B001GAGXEK


Looks interesting, but looks like it’s out of print so it’s $100 for the paperback. Maybe for the best, I can hardly deal with “breathe in, breathe out”, so add kinerhytm movement and I’d probably end up in the ER bent into a pretzel shape.

Done in groups of 3 or more. About 90 minutes per day, 5 days per week for 3 weeks. At the end you’re keeping attention focused over extended periods on five different things (movement, mantra, visualization, breath, body) simultaneously, stretching the 4 beat limit that Nhoj talks about. From experience, it was incredibly tedious, minutes seemed like hours, so rather than pretzel you’d be more likely to die of boredom. But did improve concentration a great deal, as promised.