Category: Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Neuroscience of Mindfulness: Sugar, Drugs, & Dopamine

Let’s imagine that you were to give up sugary sweets for a month like I recently did as part of a requirement for a nutrition class. The first few days might be relatively easy...

Take a Deep Breath: The Physiology of Slow Deep Breathing

Take a slow, deep breath. “I am large, I contain multitudes.” ~ Walt Whitman The physiological mechanisms that make up a single breath could fill an entire book. And yet, for an event that...

Animal Consciousness: Can Animals Think?

Dig, dig, dig, bite! Dig, dig, dig, bite! Like an inmate who chips away at the same square foot of floorboard day after day with the hope of tunneling to freedom, Otis returns to...

The Neuroscience of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OCD, not surprisingly, is defined by the patient’s experience of obsessions and compulsions. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the current standardized method of classifying mental disorders. The DSM-5 defines...

The Neuroscience of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a native language to all humans. Let’s imagine anxiety as a 100-floor skyscraper with a metaphorical elevator capable of containing the entire world’s population (sorry if you’re claustrophobic or afraid of heights)....

Neuroscience of Mindfulness: How Do We Know What We Know

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” ~ Confucius We have thus far examined The Neuroscience of Mindfulness & Anxiety and The Default Mode Network, Meditation,...

Neuroscience of Mindfulness: Default Mode Network, Meditation, & Mindfulness

“Ipsa scientia potestas est.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon        Translated as, “Knowledge itself is power,” this quote by Sir Francis Bacon appeared in his 1597 essay, Meditationes Sacrae (“Sacred Meditations”). Bacon has been credited as...

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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness & Anxiety

“The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.” ~ Michio Kaku When we were...