Cognitively Improving the Quality of Life

Memes concerning the use of meditation and other forms of consciousness control to improve our health physically and mentally.


Folksonomies: science meditation cognitive behavioral therapy

Memes

22 MAR 2013

 Nogo receptor 1 Key to a Plastic Mind

Formation of lasting memories is believed to rely on structural alterations at the synaptic level. We had found that increased neuronal activity down-regulates Nogo receptor-1 (NgR1) in brain regions linked to memory formation and storage, and postulated this to be required for formation of lasting memories. We now show that mice with inducible overexpression of NgR1 in forebrain neurons have normal long-term potentiation and normal 24-h memory, but severely impaired month-long memory in both...
Folksonomies: memory plasticity
Folksonomies: memory plasticity
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NgR1 found to be key in the formation of long-term memories.

06 FEB 2013

 Desiderata

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your...
Folksonomies: poetry living thoughts
Folksonomies: poetry living thoughts
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Also known as "Spock Thoughts."

30 AUG 2012

 An Exercise for Cultivating a Positive Outlook on Life

It's possible to change your cognitive bias by training the brain to focus more on the positive than on the negative. In the lab, Dr. Fox showed subjects pairs of images, one negative (the aftermath of a bomb blast, say) and one either positive (a cute child) or neutral (an office). Participants were asked to point out, as quickly as possible, a small target that appeared immediately after each positive or neutral image—subliminally requiring them to pay less attention to the negative image...
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Write down four positive things for each negative thing that happened to you at the end of each day.

21 APR 2011

 Spend 20 Percent of Your Time Learning New Things

He says things like, "Do good stuff." He says, "If you don't do good stuff, in good areas, it doesn't matter what you do." And Hamming said, "I always spend a day a week learning new stuff. That means I spend 20 percent more of my time than my colleagues learning new stuff. Now 20 percent at compound interest means that after four and a half years I will know twice as much as them. And because of compound interest, this 20 percent extra, one day a week, after five years I will know three time...
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From Joe Armstrong, the "compound interest" on this learning will result in big gains in the future.

15 APR 2011

 Controlling Pain with Meditation

In the study, a small group of healthy medical students attended four 20-minute training sessions on "mindfulness meditation" — a technique adapted from a Tibetan Buddhist form of meditation called samatha. It's all about acknowledging and letting go of distraction. "You are trying to sustain attention in the present moment — everything is momentary so you don't need to react," Zeidan explains. "What that does healthwise is it reduces the stress response. The feeling of pain is a ver...
Folksonomies: meditation pain
Folksonomies: meditation pain
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Highlights from a study of meditation being used to control the sensation of pain.

15 APR 2011

 A Positive Outlook Extends Lifespan

I define it loosely as the ability to bounce back from stress. Many scientists view this solely as biological stress. But many of us who care for older patients see adaptive competence as psychologically critical as well. You don't get to be 109 without life hurling a few curveballs at you, and Reichert has had more than her share: bereavement, gender discrimination, medical issues. And after each, she dusts herself off and moves on. [...] My colleague Becca Levy, a professor of epidemiolo...
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Controlling for other factors, having a positive attitude about life and progressing forward despite setbacks extends one's lifespan.



References

22 MAR 2013

 Nogo receptor 1 regulates formation of lasting memories

Periodicals>Journal Article:  Karlén, Karlsson, Mattsson, Lundströmer, Codeluppi, Pham, Bäckman, Ögren, Åberg, Hoffman, Sherling, Lupica, Hoffer, Spenger, Josephson, Brené, Olson (2009 November 13), Nogo receptor 1 regulates formation of lasting memories, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 106(48): 20476–20481, Retrieved on 2013-03-22
  • Source Material [www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Folksonomies: brain memory neurology
    Folksonomies: brain memory neurology
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    06 FEB 2013

     Desiderata

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Ehrmann , Max (2003-09-01), Desiderata, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Retrieved on 2013-02-06
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: body
    Folksonomies: body
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    30 AUG 2012

     Self-Help for Skeptics

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Bernstein, Elizabeth (8/27/2012), Self-Help for Skeptics, Wall Street Journal, Retrieved on 2012-08-30
  • Source Material [online.wsj.com]
  • Folksonomies: cbt
    Folksonomies: cbt
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    21 APR 2011

     Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Seibel , Peter (2009-09-16), Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming, Apress, Retrieved on 2011-04-21
  • Source Material [codersatwork.com]
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    15 APR 2011

     Want To Live To 100? Try To Bounce Back From Stress

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Blog:  Lachs, Mark (April 11, 2011), Want To Live To 100? Try To Bounce Back From Stress, NPR, Retrieved on 2011-04-15
  • Source Material [www.npr.org]
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    15 APR 2011

     Even Beginners Can Curb Pain With Meditation

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Blog:  Cole, Adam (April 6, 2011), Even Beginners Can Curb Pain With Meditation, NPR, Retrieved on 2011-04-15
  • Source Material [www.npr.org]
  • Folksonomies: meditation pain
    Folksonomies: meditation pain
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