February 13, 2011

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 14 (TOMORROW!)
HSMBB Seminar: Changes in brain structure and function associated with mindfulness meditation
Presented by: Dr. Britta Hölzel
5pm, Loker 028 Room (basement of Memorial Hall, near Fly-by)

Will meditating help me concentrate and ace my next exam? Does it make me more empathetic with others? Or am I more fearless after sitting still for 30 minutes every day? Dr. Britta Hölzel, lead author of the paper “Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density, ” recently published a paper revealing that meditation resulted in increased grey matter in the hippocampus, which is related to memory, and decreased grey matter in the amygdala, which is associated with fear and anxiety. Previous studies have also shown that subjects who meditated while hearing sounds of pain elicited a greater sense of empathy than in subjects who did not meditate. So does meditation in general help a person? Learn about the scientific component in meditation and finally discover if clearing your mind for 30 minutes a day will help you become refreshed at this HSMBB seminar!

Click here, here, or here for articles on Dr. Hölzel’s latest paper.