We have explained before how mental stimulation is important if done in the right supportive and engaging environment. Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky and othersÂ 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 managementÂ is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).Â You may have read about it in Sharon Begley’sÂ Train Your Mind, Change Your BrainÂ 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