Placebo or sham surgery can be as effective as a real one

A review of 53 placebo-controlled surgery trials found that sham surgery was as good as the real thing in over half of the studies. Sham surgery activates the wound-healing cascade.

Adult Brains Can Learn Compassion

Empathy, often considered a fixed trait, has been shown to be malleable in adults, influenced by observing the empathetic reactions of others.

Awe-inspiring science can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing

Psychologists have revealed a profound connection between the spirituality of science and positive wellbeing, much like the benefits traditionally associated with religion.

Our brains use quantum computation

Quantum brain processes could explain why we can still outperform supercomputers when it comes to unforeseen circumstances, decision making, or learning something new, while the discovery may also shed light on consciousness.

Mindfulness meditation improves life after a heart attack

An eight-week programme of mindfulness meditation improves quality of life and reduces fear of activity in heart attack patients, according to a recent research. 

Scientists pinpoint neural activity's role in human longevity

Neural excitation linked to shorter life, while suppression of overactivity appears to extend life span. Protein REST, previously shown to protect aging brains from dementia and other diseases, emerges as a key player in molecular cascade related to aging. 

Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

The researchers found that more mindfulness correlates with better academic performance, fewer suspensions from school, and less stress. The researchers also showed, for the first time, that mindfulness can alter fear and other negative emotions.

Mindfulness for Mild Cognitive Impairment

There's currently no known way to prevent older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from developing Alzheimer's disease. However, recent study show that mindfulness meditation may help.

Meditation enhances social-emotional learning in students

Middle school students practicing meditation as part of a school Quiet Time program had significant improvements in social-emotional competencies and psychological distress, according to a new U.S. study.

Transcendental Meditation enhances EQ and reduces stress

US School district staff who practiced the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for four months had significant improvements in emotional intelligence and perceived stress, according to a new controlled trial.

Teachers in US use meditation apps in class to rewire kids’ brains

Teachers around US are using popular apps Calm and Headspace to introduce meditation to their lesson plans to help curb anxiety and improve performance in the classroom.

Living Near Greenery Keeps Elderly People's Minds Young

A study tracked 10,000 British civil servants' health over many years. Using a sample of 6,506 aged between 45 and 68, scientists compared how reasoning, memory, and eloquence changed over a period of 10 years.

Mindfulness and relaxation have different effects on brain

The relaxation response and mindfulness meditation are working through different neural mechanisms.

Meditation, yoga help sharpen your mind: Study

A new study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin explains for the first time the neurophysiological link between breathing and attention.

7-year follow-up shows lasting cognitive gains from meditation

The Shamatha Project is the most comprehensive longitudinal study of intensive meditation yet undertaken and has drawn the attention of scientists and Buddhist scholars alike.