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Anderson Cooper Reports on the Mindfulness Movement on 60 Minutes

 Anderson Cooper Reports on the Mindfulness Movement on 60 Minutes

Anderson Cooper reports on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions

Quietly observing your thoughts, feelings, and sensations for a few minutes, a couple of times a day creates substantial changes in the functioning and structure of your brain.

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The Pros and Cons of Mindfulness vs. Mind Wandering

As awareness grows about the correlation between mindfulness practices and increased memory, cognition, and attention abilities, new research shows that mind wandering helps us think creatively and solve complex problems.

Could mindfulness to the exclusion of  mind wandering get in the way of us reaching our creative potential? 

Read more in the New York Times article here.

Pop A Pill For Perfect Pitch

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A professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard named Takao Hensch discovered a new way to recreate the elasticity of younger brains using valproic acid. Adults in his research were able to rapidly acquire the skill of perfect pitch.  This insight may be able to be applied to help adults quickly learn new languages. 

Listen to the NPR story here