MIND & BRAIN NEWS

This Type of Meditation Can Actually Change Your Brain

A new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry discovered that mindfulness meditation, which focuses on breathing and suspending judgment and criticism, helps people better cope with stress and can even change the way their brains work.  You may have heard Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry talk about “mindfulness meditation,” but new research has found it’s not just a celebrity buzzword. A new study published in the journal

Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits

Johns Hopkins study finds: Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits It hardly comes as a surprise that we’re our own worst enemies, but new research appears to conclusively prove that our brain is the biggest saboteur of success, and leads to self-deception on a grand scale. The culprit? Dopamine. As some may know, dopamine is the chemical that gives us pleasure whenever we receive a reward. So

Your Brain May Work Differently in Winter Than Summer

The way your brain works may vary from season to season, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when people in the study did certain cognitive tasks, the ways that the brain utilizes its resources to complete those tasks changed with the seasons. Although people’s actual performance on the cognitive tasks did not change with the seasons, “the brain activity for the ongoing process varie[d],” said study author Gilles Vandewalle,

Scientists have built artificial neurons that fully mimic human brain cells

Researchers have built the world’s first artificial neuron that’s capable of mimicking the function of an organic brain cell – including the ability to translate chemical signals into electrical impulses, and communicate with other human cells. They could supplement our brain function. These artificial neurons are the size of a fingertip and contain no ‘living’ parts, but the team is working on shrinking them down so they can be implanted into