The Brain in the News

Below you will find the latest news about the brain, psychology, and the science of well-being, mindfulness, and meditation. And I invite you to send me news items, including scientific studies, great video clips, social implications of brain science, etc., that you find yourself.

Largest Brain Wiring Diagram to Date Is Published

Diana Kwon, Scientific American, January 22, 2020

Screen Use Tied to Children’s Brain Development

Perri Klass, M.D., New York Times, November 4, 2019

Learning Not to Fear

MGH News and Public Affairs, The Harvard Gazette, October 15, 2019

A Successful Artificial Memory Has Been Created

Robert Martone, Scientific American, August 27, 2019

Virtual Reality as Therapy for Pain

Jane E. Brody, New York Times, April 29, 2019

Huge Brain Study Uncovers “Buried” Genetic Networks Linked to Mental Illness

Linda Geddes, Scientific American, December 14, 2018

With Brain Implants, Scientists Aim to Translate Thoughts into Speech

Sharon Begley, STAT, Scientific American, November 20, 2018

Reprogrammed Stem Cells Implanted into Patient with Parkinson’s Disease

David Cyranoski, Nature Magazine, November 15, 2018

Mindfulness Could Be the Key to Stopping Technological Misery

Andrew Griffin, Independent, February 24, 2018

Neuroscience Has a Lot to Learn from Buddhism

Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer, The Atlantic, December 17, 2017


Anderson Cooper, 60 Minutes, December 14, 2014

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

Tom Ireland, Scientific American, June 12, 2014

Spine Tuning: Finding Physical Evidence of How Practice Rewires the Brain

Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, April 16, 2012

Neural Responses Reveal Our Optimistic Bent

Andrea Anderson, Scientific American, April 10, 2012

A Neuroscientist’s Quest to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain

Gareth Cook, Scientific American, March 20, 2012

Buddhism, Cosmology and Evolution

John Stanley and David Loy, Huffington Post, February 26, 2012

How the Internet is Changing Our Brain

Shaahin Cheyene, Huffington Post, February 12, 2012

How to Have More Insights

David Rock, Huffington Post, February 8, 2012

Mindful Eating as Food for Thought

Jeff Gordinier, New York Times, February 7, 2012

How Exercise Benefits the Brain

Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, November 30, 2011

Decoding the Brain’s Cacophony

Benedict Carey, New York Times, October 31, 2011

Regimens: Noise Canceling, Without Headphones

Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, May 2, 2011

How Meditation May Change the Brain

Sindya N. Bhanoo, New York Times, January 28, 2011

Searching the Brain for the Roots of Fear

Joseph Ledoux, New York Times, January 22, 2011

Buddhism Beats Depression

Ed Halliwell, January 5, 2010

Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop

Natalie Angier,  New York Times,  August 17, 2009

Adult Brain Can Change Within Seconds

ScienceDaily,  July 30, 2009

Lotus Therapy

Benedict Carey, The New York Times, May 27, 2008

Meditation May Increase Gray Matter

ScienceDaily, May 13, 2009

Compassion Meditation Changes The Brain

ScienceDaily, March 27, 2008

How Your Brain Looks at Race

Sharon Begley, Newsweek, March 3, 2008

Mental Reserves Keep Brains Agile

Jane E. Brody, December 11, 2007

Faith in the Brain

Juju Chang and Michael Pressman, May 10, 2007

The Brain on the Stand

Jeffrey Rosen, March 11, 2007

The Brain’s Secret Plans

Max Planck Society, February 12, 2007

Happiness 101

D.T. Max, January 7, 2007

The Mystery of Consciousness

Steven Pinker, January, 2007

Speaking in Tongues

Benedict Carey, November 7, 2006

A Week of Silence

Daniel Siegel, November, 2006

Femme Mentale

Joe Garofoli, August 6, 2006

Finding Reality through Meditation

Ansley Roche, January 18, 2006

Meditation Builds Brain Muscles

Alison Motluk, November 15, 2005

The Brain Tells Time

Robert Roy Britt, October 28, 2005

The Movie in Your Head

Christof Koch, September 21, 2005

The Evolving Human Brain

Melissa Lee Phillips, September 9, 2005

Meditation ‘Brain Training’ Clues

BBC News, June 13, 2005

Religious Practice May Slow Alzheimer’s

Science Daily, May 1, 2005

Meditation Alters Brain Structure

By Sharon Begley, November 5, 2004

New Brain Studies and Meditation

Punnadhammo Bhikku, June, 2003

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