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Research

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Breathing

How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work?

Neurobiology of Meditation and Mindfulness

Benefits of Mindfulness

Meditation and the Brain's Default Mode Network

Self- and Other-Compassion

Self-Compassion: An Alternative Conceptualization of a Healthy Attitude Toward Oneself

Emotion

Emotional Styles Questionnaire - Guided by several decades of research on emotion and the brain, this relatively short questionnaire can point you to one or more of Davidson's 6 Dimensions of Emotional Style (Attention, Resilience, Self-Awareness, Social Intuition, Outlook, Sensitivity to Context) that you may want to modify within yourself. The score for each dimension can be plotted on a spectrum to give you an idea of normative (well-adapted) ranges. He also isolates the general brain areas that are activated with each style and suggests easy mental exercises that can be utilized to strengthen (or weaken) neural connections and help you shift on any given dimension spectrum.   

Attachment and Security

Influence of Attachment Figures on Feelings of Safety and Pain 

Lending a Hand: Social Regulation of the Neural Response to Threat

Addiction

Neurobiology of Addiction

The Role of Cues in the Brain with Addiction

Overview of Addiction-Related Brain Regions

Decision Utility, The Brain, and Pursuit of Hedonic Goals

Attention

Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex Resolves Conflict from Distracting Stimuli by Boosting Attention toward Relevant Events

Mental Training Enhances Attentional Stability: Neural and Behavioral Evidence

Short-Term Meditation Induces White Matter Changes in the Anterior Cingulate

Attention Regulation and Monitoring in Meditation

Empathy & Resonance

Why Rejection Hurts

Neural Substrates Underlying Intentional Empathy

Personality

Linking “Big” Personality Traits to Anxiety, Depressive, and Substance Use Disorders