Experienced meditators display an altered pattern of brain activity during a test of attention and self-control
Experienced meditators tend to have a different pattern of brain activity compared to non-meditators during a cognitive test of impulsiveness and sustained attention, according to new research published in the journal PLOS One. The findings provide new insights into the relationship between mindfulness meditation and mental health.
Brain cells that suppress drug cravings may be the secret to better addiction medicines
Scientists have shed light on poorly understood brain mechanisms that suppress drug and alcohol cravings, uncovering new insights that may help in the development of better addiction medicines. For the nearly 20 million U.S. adults who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, no effective medical treatment exists -- despite plentiful scientific knowledge surrounding the factors that trigger relapse.
마음의 문제, 약물치료만으로 해결될까?
우리의 신체 중에서 감정을 느끼고, 생각을 주관하는 곳은 바로 뇌입니다. 우울증 역시 바로 뇌의 기능 이상으로 설명할 수 있습니다. 생각하고, 감정을 조절하고, 의욕과 식욕, 성욕, 수면을 감당하는 뇌의 조절 중추에 이상이 발생할 때, 그 결과로 여러 우울 증상을 경험합니다. 그렇지만 흥미로운 것은 아직까지도 우울증의 원인은 명확하지 않습니다. 또한, 아무런 촉발 요인이 없는 이유 없는 우울증도 상당히 많습니다.하지만, 연구와 임상적 경험을 통해서 우울증의 발생에 기여하는 몇 가지 중
How our brain filters sounds
Our sound environment is extremely dense, which is why the brain has to adapt and implement filtering mechanisms that allow it to hold its attention on the most important elements and save energy. When two identical sounds are repeated quickly, one of these filters – called auditory sensory gating – drastically reduces the attention that the brain directs to the second sound it hears. In people with schizophrenia, this ability to reduce the brain’s response to identical sounds does not function properly. The brain, it seems, is constantly assailed by a multitude of auditory stimuli, which disrupt its attentional capacity.
OCD: Deep magnetic stimulation may help where other therapies fail
Millions of people around the world have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition that often has a significant impact on well-being and quality of life. New research from Israel outlines a new therapy option that could help people with OCD that does not respond to other treatments.