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2011-03-15 07:53:19

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Adolescence is usually characterized as a tumultuous time. Previous research has pointed to the immature brain as a major cause, but now, this unique study reveals that some brain changes associated with adolescence may not be driving teens towards risky behavior but may actually reflect a decrease in susceptibility to peer pressure. Subcortical neural systems associated with emotional responses are believed to mature earlier than the higher cortical areas that...

2011-02-28 16:16:47

New Research Shows Being Mindful Can Ease Fears of Death and Dying Death can be terrifying. Recognizing that death is inescapable and unpredictable makes us incredibly vulnerable, and can invoke feelings of anxiety, hatred and fear. But new research by George Mason University psychology professor Todd Kashdan shows that being a mindful person not only makes you generally more tolerant and less defensive, but it can also actually neutralize fears of dying and death. "Mindfulness is being open,...

2011-02-24 19:16:06

Deep meditation and spiritual support - mindfulness - can help people deal with life's difficulties The key to dealing with some of the challenges life throws at us - including pain, suffering, illness, grief and loss - is to truly appreciate the positive aspects of our life, and not simply focus on the negative. It is important to acknowledge the setbacks, but equal attention and value need to be given to what is going well. This lesson in living, based on the teachings of Buddha, is given...

2011-01-22 08:44:19

Mass. General-led study shows changes over time in areas associated with awareness, empathy, stress Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document...

2010-12-29 00:01:19

Maybe age really is just a number. How young or old someone feels has a huge influence on their health and how other people view them. An article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, reviews the research and suggests that feeling young can actually make you look young"”and have the health of a younger person, too. (Vocus/PRWEB) December 28, 2010 Maybe age really is just a number. How young or old someone feels has a huge influence on their health and how other people...

2010-11-16 00:00:55

Is it possible that dogs are wonderful teachers of mindfulness practice? According to psychologist Jonathan Kaplan dogs demonstrate an enviable level of concentration and focus on the present moment, and emulating these characteristics can help us feel more grounded and joyful, and less stressed. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2010 "Have you ever tried to eat lunch in front of a hungry dog?" asks Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., author of Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose...

2010-10-22 01:27:53

TAU researcher develops workshop method to help children deal with PTSD A child who grows up in the midst of political conflict, such as war or terrorism, can exhibit severe emotional scars. But certain qualities, which psychologists call "resilience factors," can help overcome this adversity. Prof. Michelle Slone of Tel Aviv University's Department of Psychology has now developed a program to help children develop these resilience factors and avoid the psychological disabilities that may...

2010-10-19 09:34:00

ZURICH, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jacobs Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Europe in the field of youth development in terms of resources and financial commitments, today announced Professors Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi as the recipients of the second annual Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize of one million USD for their trailblazing discoveries of how specific genes, along with environmental factors, are predictors of how childhood stress will impact individuals in...

2010-10-15 16:55:31

Psychologists say we fare better after some life difficulties, than if we've had many or none at all We've all heard the adage that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger, but until now the preponderance of scientific evidence has offered little support for it. However, a new national multi-year longitudinal study of the effects of adverse life events on mental health has found that adverse experiences do, in fact, appear to foster subsequent adaptability and resilience, with resulting...

2010-09-01 15:28:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is providing a new dimension to its Hearts & Minds initiative, an educational program that promotes "mind and body" health practices for individuals who live with mental illness. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) A new "Mindfulness" section on NAMI's Hearts and Minds website includes a 10-minute video...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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