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About Stephen

Trained neuropsychologist and cognitive psychologist, postgraduate researcher of how compassion and nondual meditation methods influence our physical and mental health. Stephen has decades of personal practice in spiritual and secular forms of meditation. Alongside teaching and research of compassionate and nondual practices, Stephen trains his own brain every day with traditional Dzogchen methods.

Mindfulness study retracted: Problems with MBSR/MBCT paper

Earlier this year Plos One took the step of retracting a well known and widely cited mindfulness related study. Continue reading

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Does meditation change our emotions?

New research suggests that compassion and empathy
meditation and mindfulness may be able to increase prosocial emotions and behaviour. Continue reading

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How far can we trust meditation research?

Strategic reviews are challenging the popular perception of the beneficial effects of mindfulness Continue reading

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Meditation Podcast; Everything you need to know

The first episode of NDA offers an introduction into duality and non duality. It’s nice, easy to follow and uses everyday examples that makes the subject very approachable.

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Choose happiness! Is mind wandering unwelcome?

Choose happiness!
Does mind wandering inevitably lead to unhappiness?
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Compassionate meditation creates a positive outlook

Train in compassion to create a more positive outlook. Continue reading

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Who you really are; the default mode network

The default mode network has a crucial but poorly understood role in how meditation influences brain structure and function. This paper sets out some of the current thinking regarding self-generated thought. Continue reading

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Meditation and neurodegeneration; what do we know?

Can meditation stop or reverse neurodegeneration? The answer is yes but the method can’t resolve any problems by itself. Continue reading

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Brain health in middle age; the science of meditation and mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness may help to keep your brain young Continue reading

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Better mental health through meditation?

Authors: Kieran C.R. Fox, R. Nathan Spreng, Melissa Ellamil, Jessica R. Andrews-Hanna, Kalina Christoff Year: 2015 Title: The wandering brain: Meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies of mind-wandering and related spontaneous thought processes Summary: Thinking about the most common effects on … Continue reading

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