Pain Research, Education and Policy Program at Tufts School of Medicine. Blogging creates a unique and accessible way for individuals who are isolated with chronic illness to be able to express and communicate their experience beyond the medical diagnosis. It provides a way for patients to tell their story and begin to make meaning out of what has happened to them, in real time.
I recently was interviewed by Helen Osborne, Health Literacy Out Loud, about my research on use of tools of blogging and social media in health care. If you are interested in hearing more about communicating the experience of chronic illness through blogging, I hope you will listen to my podcast with Helen by clicking here.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A new study, based on MRI scans of participants' brains pre and post an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) revealed structural changes, an increase of 1-3%, in the grey matter of the brain. These changes were most significant in the areas responsible for learning, memory and emotional regulation. Earlier studies have suggested an increase in brain activity/function in areas of the brain associated with positive emotion, optimism and focus. Very powerful evidence that we have much more control than we imagine in growing and changing our brain and emotions. Here is a link to an article which appeared this week, "Brain Gain" by Deborah Kotz in the Boston Globe
What are your experiences with mindfulness? Do you need a refresher or are you interested in learning mindfulness skills? I invite you to take a look at my website, Stress Resources, for ways to grow your brain and integrate mindfulness into your life. I look forward to hearing from you and growing our brains together.