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Using Neurofeedback to Enhance Athletic Performance

This study by Dr. Corydon Hammond, published in the Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology, explores how neurofeedback can be used to boost performance in athletes of various sports. By quieting and focusing the mind, neurofeedback helps athletes get “in the zone” more easily and stay there, even under immense pressure. In addition, the therapy can help to improve cognitive function after a mild head injury, or help athletes control their emotions in the middle of stressful events. Dr. Hammond also believes the therapy has tremendous untapped potential to help improve physical balance in sports where it is …

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Can Neurofeedback Fight Muscle Tension?

Low-level muscle tension on a chronic basis is a problem faced by millions. Named dysponesis, this form of covert muscle tension over time can contribute to chronic pain, headaches, exhaustion and difficulty relaxing. This problem is especially prevalent among those who use computers for long periods of time, who may become so absorbed in their task that they are unaware of poor posture or tension affecting their neck, back and shoulders, or may simply be unaware of the tension due to a lack of physical awareness. In this study, researchers used neurofeedback to help participants identify feelings of tension and …

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Neurofeedback: Treating the Cause, Not the Symptoms

If you ask someone whether they’ve heard of Prozac, they are more than likely to say yes — yet if you ask someone about neurofeedback, most people aren’t quite as familiar. Neurofeedback has been shown to treat numerous mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and more. Even if you just want to boost your mental performance or focus, it has helped many people to reduce “clutter” in their minds and discover strategies for accessing a state of calmer, more focused awareness. More and more research continues to support neurofeedback’s role in helping individuals treat their mental health …

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Giving Thanks, Getting Health: The Science of Gratitude

Gratitude is important. We know gratitude as something you show towards other people to appreciate what they do for you. But (perhaps a little ironically) gratitude is also good for the person giving it. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley recently launched a multi-million-dollar, 3-year project called Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude. The goals of the project are to expand the body of scientific research that explores the effects of gratitude, seeks to apply these findings in medical, educational and other fields using the evidence gained, and finally, to expand the cultural conversation surrounding …

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Consequences of Workplace Stress Over Time

Most of us know by now that stress is not beneficial to our health. But many of us do not realize just how much stress really stresses us out. In fact, workplace-related stress is at an all-time high, and health problems related to the stress epidemic are responsible for more deaths each year than Alzheimer’s disease or even diabetes! Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce your stress levels, including neurofeedback, which has been proven to help millions of people reduce their stress levels and access feelings of calm, mindful focus. To read more, click here.

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Treatment Strategies for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common of the anxiety disorders, but many healthcare practitioners believe it is often underdiagnosed. It is an adult-onset disorder with the highest median age of all the anxiety disorders. Characterized by excessive worry that becomes difficult to control for a period of at least six months. It is also usually accompanied by other symptoms such as sleep disturbance, fatigue, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and restlessness. GAD usually begins with an overestimated danger (such as the fear that a loved one will be kidnapped) and gradually pervades other areas of life. There are several ways to …

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The Shrinking World of Ideas

This article by Arthur Krystal explores what he views as the shift in popular culture away from ideas themselves, to the means by which they are produced. He argues that the rise of postmodernism in popular thinking and the emphasis on deconstruction, while valuable, also caused a falling-off in cultural life. This raises fascinating questions about the nature of neuroscience and how we understand the way our brains process ideas and information. “If questions of art, beauty, morality, and value continue to engage us, the answers, so it’s said, must lie in our genes. Or in our frontal cortices. Or …

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Better Than Coffee: Surprising Ways to Boost Energy

By now, most of us are familiar with the morning wake-up blues. Sometimes even after a good night’s sleep, it can be difficult to get alert and ready for the day. Conventional wisdom points to coffee or tea as a good source of caffeine for a morning pick-me-up, but research suggests this may not be as helpful as previously thought. Researchers took a look at some other intriguing ways to boost energy, like chewing gum or even taking sage as a supplement! The results on how caffeine affects us are especially surprising. To read more, click here.

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Two Months After Robin Williams’ Death, Suicide Calls Still High

Many in the mental health community know the risk of suicide rates increasing after the publicized suicide of a well-known celebrity. While the tragic death of Robin Williams is no exception, numerous professionals who operate suicide hotlines across the country note that the current spike in calls has been unprecedented, both in duration and size. For example, immediately following the news of Williams’ death the National Suicide Prevention Hotline reported over double their normal volume of calls, 7,400 per day versus their usual 3,500 — and are still receiving hundreds more calls than normal, even two months later. While this …

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Beyond Willpower: The Science Behind Breaking Bad Habits

How many of us have ever tried to break a bad habit, only to fall back into our old patterns despite our best intentions? This blog by PsychCentral writer Dr. Elisha Goldstein discusses the ways in which habit-forming — and -breaking — is about so much more than willpower. While there is only so much we can do about the unavoidable dopamine rush we get when we see a tasty hamburger or pick up our smartphones, mindfulness practice has been shown to widen the gap between impulse and response in our brains. In addition to treating a wide array of …

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