Scientific research

Slimming with yoga?

2019-07-05T14:36:01+02:00May 19th, 2015|

According to recent studies, yoga and meditation practices may help us to lose weight, reduce our blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and slow down our pulse. Both psychological and physical quality of life seems to improve.

The brain’s default mode network – what does it mean to us?

2019-07-05T14:36:27+02:00March 9th, 2015|

Raichle’s discovery of the default mode network may have important implications. On the one hand, it may help us find ways of dealing with medical problems, such as depression, schizophrenia, and dementia. On the other hand, new knowledge about the default mode network and the self-reflecting thoughts that it stimulates may facilitate our understanding of how we function in our daily lives. We are more than intellect or the motor control of arms and legs, which is often the focus of brain researchers. Perhaps it may at times be good to know that our brain actually gives us room for our spontaneous thoughts and the associations and emotions that may at first seem a bit weird.

Meditation goes mainstream

2019-07-05T14:51:25+02:00May 31st, 2013|

Der SpiegelAn increasing body of medical evidence confirms that meditation has a wide range of positive effects for the practitioner. The probably most influential and respected print media in Germany, der […]

Free mental attitude – a metacognitive shift

2019-07-05T14:52:53+02:00February 7th, 2013|

meditatorHalf of the time, our mind wanders between thoughts, episodes, images and feelings. In Acem Meditation, the free mental attitude often increases the spontaneous activity of the mind. The brain uses available capacity to work through residue from past events, "read" other people, find creative solutions and prepare for the future.

The Shaking Woman

2019-07-05T14:55:54+02:00September 15th, 2012|

Siri HustvedtWhen she was giving a speech in honour of her dead father, the novelist Siri Hustvedt suddenly began to shake violently. Her book "The Shaking Woman" is a cascade of personal, literary, therapeutic, and neurological reflections meant to shed light on her condition - and on the human condition in general. But does it succeed?

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