King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Professor Pierre Magistretti discusses an experiment that studied the brainwaves of two pianists as they performed together, looking for clues to synchrony and creativity in the brain.
In a small study from Helen Mayberg and colleagues at Emory University, depressed participants were randomized to either a medication or CBT, and underwent PET scans before treatment.
Then the scans were analyzed to see if they were predictive of treatment response. The goal was to find a biomarker in order to determine in advance who will respond better to which type of treatment.
However, as The Neurocritic points out, often people respond to a combination of both psychotherapy and meds, and writes an excellent analysis of the study and where it needs more work. Look for lively debate from scientists in the comments.
Marriage and family therapist Kati Morton describes making a safety plan for suicidal thoughts.
She discusses safety plan templates, making your environment safe, noticing and writing down triggers, creating a support list of social connections, and finally and most importantly turning to mental health professionals.
Suicide hotlines are a recommended resource as well as going to hospitals. When she creates safety plans with clients she personalizes them to an individuals needs as well.
Kati Morton has made dozens of great videos on mental health topics, so indulge in exploring her her YouTube channel.
Director of the National Institute for Mental Health Thomas Insel gives a TED Talk on the new domain criteria research direction, and how an important first step is to reframe mental illness as brain disorders.
By doing so, diverse fields like psychology, cognitive science, molecular neuroscience, genetics, psychiatry, and more can work together toward a new understanding of the mind.
Based on the teachings of the famous Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, poet, and human rights activist Thich Nhat Hanh, a follower who lives with him in the Plum Village monastery demonstrates the gentle, relaxing, and illuminating practice. An HD version of the video is available for purchase on a full length DVD, “Mindful Living Every Day.”