Mindfulness meditation study shows changes in neural responses to pain and fear

A study using mindfulness meditation showed changes over time in neural responses to pain and fear. The researchers found that changes in the hippocampus after mindfulness training were associated with enhanced ability to recall a safety memory, and thus respond in a more adaptive way.

Harvard Gazette | Oct. 15, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine fear fear-conditioning-task mindfulness-meditation sara-lazar

Michael Pollan describes promise and perils of psychedelic drugs

Author and Harvard professor Michael Pollan talks about his new book on psychedelic drugs, “How To Change Your Mind,” at HubWeek.

Rich Tenorio | Oct. 3, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine how-to-change-your-mind bina-venkataraman hubweek michael-pollan psilocybin rich-tenorio timothy-leary

A new paper examines how neuron-like implants could treat brain disorders

A new paper explores why neuron-like implants could offer a better way to treat brain disorders, control prosthetics, or even enhance cognitive abilities.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Sept. 20, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology alzheimers-disease brain charles-lieber chemistry deep-brain-stimulation learning memory mind nanotechnology nature-biotechnology neurological-disease neuroscience neurosurgery parkinsons-disease psychiatric-disorders

Harvard history professor traces the rise of psychiatric drugs

The Gazette spoke with History of Science Professor Anne Harrington about her new book, “Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness,” which traces the treatment of mental disorders from its early years to the Prozac Nation of today.

Jed Gottlieb | June 17, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine mind-fixers anne-harrington biology fas history-of-science jed-gottlieb mental-health mental-illness psychiatry

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