WEBSITE OF THE WEEK — Penn Medicine — Penn Program for Mindfulness

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PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITE OF THE WEEK TITLE Penn Medicine — Penn Program for Mindfulness URL  http://www.pennmedicine.org/mindfulness/   DESCRIPTION Michael Baime has conducted major research on the benefits of Mindfulness Mediation.  His work group at the University of Pennsylvania has thoroughly investigated the benefits of of this process and developed empirically based intervention programs.   The website provides… Read more »

Psychology Update — How to Meditate

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  Putting Psychology To Work   TITLE How to Meditate   DESCRIPTION We have all been experiencing so much stress and anxiety during the pandemic that has taken a toll on our well being.  Now with the holidays upon us and worry about covid surges and what it means to our health (as well as… Read more »

Psychology Update — Why Deep Breathing Is the Fastest Way to Calm You Down

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TITLE Why Deep Breathing Is the Fastest Way to Calm You Down   DESCRIPTION This is a fascinating article that combines simple meditative techniques (breathing) and examines how this biological function interacts with psychological function (anxiety).  “Now scientists describe why deep breathing, including the breath-focus of meditation, can induce such calm and tranquility. In a… Read more »

Psychology Update — 3 Articles on the Psychological Benefits of Meditation

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3 Articles on the Psychological Benefits of Meditation Article #1 The Surprising Benefits of Compassion Meditation DESCRIPTION A great deal has been researched and studied in the areas of Mindfulness meditation and Transcendental meditation.   There are definite benefits as evidenced by the research.  Another variation is known as “compassion meditation.”  The goal of “compassion meditation”… Read more »

Psychology Website of the Week — Mindful: Taking Time For What Matters

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PSYCHOLOGY WEBSITE OF THE WEEK Mindful:  Taking Time For What Matters URL       http://www.mindful.org/meditation/ DESCRIPTION This website offers a number of resources for those interesting in understanding the positive effects of meditation.   More importantly, it offers a number of meditation exercises that are free for those who want to begin to explore the phenomenon.   On… Read more »

Psychology Update — Washing Dishes Is a Really Great Stress Reliever, Science Says

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TITLE Washing Dishes Is a Really Great Stress Reliever, Science Says DESCRIPTION Can a simple task bring stress relief?  Researchers divided students into two groups with the task of just washing dishes.  One group read a descriptive paragraph about dish washing while the comparison group read a passage about dish washing as a mindfulness activity. … Read more »

Psychology Update — 3 Articles on Positive Applications of Mindfulness and Meditation

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3 Articles on Positive Applications of Mindfulness and Meditation Article #1       Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain – The Washington Post SOURCE Washington Post, May 26, 2015, by Brigid Schulte LINK TO RESOURCE http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/26/harvard-neuroscientist-meditation-not-only-reduces-stress-it-literally-changes-your-brain/ (shortened URL)   http://tinyurl.com/mepz6ds Article #2   Mindfulness Training Improves Resilience Of Active-Duty Soldiers SOURCE… Read more »

Psychology Update — Stimulating Brain Waves May Boost Creativity And Ease Depression

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Stimulating Brain Waves May Boost Creativity And Ease Depression DESCRIPTION “In a new study, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were able to measurably increase creativity by altering electrical activity in the brain — a finding that may have significant implications for the treatment of depression.“  Brain waves as measured by… Read more »