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Mindful : February 2014
Research Roundup Being aware of what triggers pain can help us manage it, and being less attentive to such stimuli—known as pain at tentional bias—can make pain seem worse. An eight-week study of 67 chronic- pain patients at the University of Utah showed that mindfulness reduces pain attentional bias. Using mindfulness techniques, patients raised their awareness of pain-related stimuli and increased their perceived control over pain. 1 Now there is hard data that mindfulness can help reduce and control depression in young people. The randomized controlled trial found that students aged 13 to 20 who took a mindfulness program experienced less depression than the control group, both immediately following the trial and six months later. The study was conducted by researchers from Nor thwestern University, Oxford University, and the University of Leuven, Belgium. 3 A Georgia Neurological Institute study of older people with memor y impairment and mild dementia found that a program of “holistic memor y training” can help improve attention and working memor y. The training includes mindfulness, concentration exercises, stress reduction, socialization, and dietar y changes. 4 In an empathy study at the University of Virginia, researchers used an fMRI scanner to observe the brains of people who were witnessing friends or fam- ily being threatened. The study showed that feelings of connection create an overlap between our sense of self and others; par ticipants’ brains reacted as if the threat was directed at them. 5 ● True Will Think that mid-afternoon candy bar is helping you focus? Not so, say research- ers at Stanford University. A recent study debunks the idea that willpower is limited or dependent on outside sources of fuel. After they were taught to think differently about their reserve of willpower, partici- pants found they didn’t need a sugar fix to get things done. 2 1 Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, August 2013 (online). 2 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 2013. 3 Mindfulness, March 2013. 4 Aging Mental Health, July 2013 (online). 5 Oxford Journals-Social Cognitive and Effective Neuroscience, August 2013. Special thanks to Mindfulness Research Monthly and Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life for highlighting notable research. February 2014 mindful 19