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Brain Training

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Brain Health Blog Working memory training changes the brain By Gregory Kellett, a cognitive neuroscience researcher at SFSU and science writer for Lumos Labs . It seems that working memory training may work by physically altering the brain. Stockholm Brain Institute researchers put healthy people through working memory exercises for 35 minutes per day over a period of 5 weeks. Changes in dopamine receptor density were measured with positron emission tomography (PET) before and after the training. Following working memory training, they found: An increase in the density of dopamine receptors. An improvement in working memory performance. The neurotransmitter dopamine plays a central role in working memory. This research implies that improving working memory performance through several weeks of training might work by increasing the quantity of dopamine receptors in the brain Time to try a little Brain Training....! Reference:www.

What is Aromatherapy?

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Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts or essential oils. These oils and extracts have a wide variety of uses, such as in bath salts, massage oils and even fragrances, which can be therapeutic to the mind, body and soul. The pure essence of a plant, otherwise known as essential oils, provides physical and psychological benefits when used correctly and safely. These benefits can come from both inhalation and physical application. There are a wide variety of aromatherapy products to choose from and each serves a different purpose. For example, lavender has a calming effect, while oils from the family of mint – such as peppermint and spearmint – offer a stimulating effect. These oils can be found in numerous vehicles, such as soaps, air fresheners, candles, and massage oils. Benefits of Aromatherapy The benefits of the essential oil aromas can be noticed almost immediately. Inhaling the fragrance of essential oils stimulates the brain to trigger a chemical re

The effects of mood on the immune system

The effects of mood on the immune system - http://www.researchingmeditation.org/ The direct impact of negative thoughts and emotions on immunological function seems to be reasonably well documented and, since many Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) phenomena seem to be mediated by negative affect, rather than situational “stress”, strategies that directly modify this factor may manifest greater benefits. While relaxation orientated meditation most likely acts to reduce the impact of stress... Read more... Posted using ShareThis

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