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Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity, a concept only discovered within the past twenty years or so, refers to the ability of the brain’s neural pathways to grow, change, and reorganize. This plasticity can be impacted by external (physical or chemical) changes to the structure of the brain, but it can also be changed by internal, activity-dependent behaviors. This means that we can work to intentionally enhance or alter our brain function by changing our behaviors and thought patterns. Meditation is one particularly well-studied practice for brain change.We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Neurosculpting: Mapping the Mindscape

It is now widely accepted, and empirically proven, that our brains are elastic and regenerative. Here are ten practical tips to help mitigate stress, and map a new mindscape.

The Lama in the Lab: Neuroscience and Meditation

Daniel Goleman reports on the Dalai Lama and the dialog between science and Buddhism, especially on how neuroscientists are measuring the effects of meditation.

Harvard Psychologist to Parents: Do These 7 Things If You Want to Raise Kids with Flexible, Resilient Brains

Based on years of research in neuroscience and psychology, here are seven parenting rules to help your kid build a brain that is flexible and therefore resilient.

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG.

Why Do We Dream? A New Theory on How It Protects Our Brains

Whenever we learn something new, pick up a new skill, or modify our habits, the physical structure of our brain changes.

Cultivating Empathy in My Children, from a Neuroscience Perspective

Empathy is divided into cognitive, emotional and applied empathy, all of which are valuable. For empathy to truly be useful to the human condition, our kids must have applied empathy, or compassion.

The Four Keys to Well-Being

Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.

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