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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other stress management techniques

Posted Feb 26 2007 12:00am 1 Comment

We have explained before how mental stimulation is important if done in the right supportive and engaging environment. Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky and others have shown that chronic stress and cortical inhibition, which may be aggravated due to imposed mental stimulation, may prove counterproductive. Having the right motivation is essential.

A promising area of scientific inquiry for stress management is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). You may have read about it in Sharon Begley’s Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain book. An increasing number of neuroscientists (such as UMass Medical School’s Jon Kabat-Zinn and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Richard Davidson) have been investigating the ability of trained meditators to develop and sustain attention and visualizations and to work positively with powerful emotional states and stress through the directed mental processes of meditation practices. And have put their research into practice for the benefit of many hospital patients through their MSBR programs.

A Stanford psychologist and friend recently alerted me to a similar program organized

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Great book indeed. I read it some time ago. Worth to mention that the Stanford is using Heart Rhythm Scanner to validate majority of the research studies related to stress reduction...
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