Archives for November, 2012

Using Meditation to Change Emotional Response


Canadian neuroscientist and science writer Ward Plunet discusses new research on meditation in his debut YouTube video, "8 Weeks of Meditation Can Change How You Process Emotions."

In this brief and clear video, Plunet shares details from the study "Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state," Desbordes et al., Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2012, DOI: Researchers worked with three groups, sending one to Mindful Attention Training...
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Lisa Kudrow and Abby Baird on the Teen Brain


Lisa Kudrow interviews fellow Vassar College alum and psychology professor Abby Baird about her work researching the development of the adolescent brain, in "The Teenage Brain."

A lively and amusing interview intended for a lay audience, recorded at a public From The Pub event. Kudrow is funny as ever but proves she is smarter than people realize, and Abby Baird is just as fun. Although this is a long interview on scientific topics, their witty banter makes it easy...
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Recreation for Youth with Anxiety


"Pandemonium" is a video from Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Burnaby about their recreation program of the same name for youth aged 13-17 who have anxiety.

Referred from Hamber House, an educational day treatment program for youth with severe mental health issues, participants in Pandemonium enjoy recreational activities like hiking and movies. By sharing in activities without pressure on individuals, participants learn to develop social skills and minimize social anxiety.

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