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Mindful : April 2013
April 2013 mindful 15 Research Roundup Feeling particularly emotional these days? Take the edge off with some meditation. Studies have shown that while meditating, the par t of the brain associated with memor y and emotional response— the amygdala—is less affected by emotional stimuli. But now there’s proof that those good effects last long after the meditation timer goes off. Researchers have found diminished amygdala activation in response to provocative images “while the subjects were in an ordinary, non-meditative state.” 1 Being racist can actually damage health, according to a recent repor t from the American Psychological Association. “Prejudice may function, as do other stressors, to undermine immune functioning and thus increase susceptibility to common infectious illnesses,” says the APA. The same repor t also indicates that stress associated with stereotyping is a potential reason for why hear t disease is higher among minority groups. 3 Researchers in the U.K . launched two studies to explore how mindfulness in managers affected the well-being of employees. The findings? Employees are more likely to be happy and productive if their boss is more mindful, at tentive, and aware. Makes sense.4 Being more mindful increases empathy. Using brain scans and behavioral testing, researchers at Emor y University in Atlanta explored how Cognitive- Based Compassion Training (CBCT)—a form of meditation that focuses on mindfulness in relation- ships—can improve people’s ability to read emotional expressions. Brain scans before and after the training showed an increase in neural activity in regions related to empathy.5 ● Want to be a better lover? Try a little self-compassion first. Educational psycholo- gists from the University of Texas at Austin surveyed 104 couples and found that partners who are kinder to themselves and more forgiving turned out to be more authentic, caring, and supportive in relationships with others.2 1 Frontiers in Human Science; study published online Nov. 1, 2012. 2 “People with Self-Compassion Make Better Relationship Partners”; Self and Identity. 3 “Dual Pathways to a Better America”; American Psychological Association. 4 Mindfulness, September 2012. 5 Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; study published online Sept. 5, 2012. Special thanks to Mindfulness Research Monthly and Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life for highlighting notable research.