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Apr 3, 2016 8:05 EST

HOW MINDFULNESS CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO PREVENT MENTAL ILLNESS

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 3, 2016

HOW MINDFULNESS CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO PREVENT MENTAL ILLNESS

 

SUMMARY

Mindfulness is an effective and side effect free method to treat and prevent mental illness, and improve mental health.  Our research will test the changes in brain activity that take place as a result of mindfulness, helping us further understand how mindfulness can be used to improve our lives. Eventually, we hope to establish mindfulness practice as part of the core curriculum in high schools, so that every teenager benefits from a reduced risk of mental illness.

DESCRIPTION

Scientists think the benefits provided by mindfulness come from an improved ability to direct our attention, so we can focus on the moment, rather than being distracted by worries about the future or regrets about the past. This improved attention is almost certainly the result of neuroplastic change. However, no one has systematically examined the effect of these changes on brain activity during the direction of attention. The current research project will examine changes in neural inhibition (the brain’s ability to quiet non-relevant regions) as a result of mindfulness practice. Understanding these changes will help us understand how mindfulness works to improve attention.

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Neuropsychology

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Dr Neil Bailey has a PhD in neuroscience. His research is focused on exploring different methods to treat and prevent mental illness. In particular, he uses neuroimaging techniques to determine the brain processes that are altered in mental illness, and how these alterations are affected by treatments. This allows the effectiveness of treatments to be maximised. Recently, his research has focused on mindfulness as an effective, non-invasive, and side effect free way to prevent mental illness before it becomes an issue.

 

 

 

 

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NEIL BAILEY

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