Author Archives: Stephen Gene Morris

About Stephen Gene Morris

Post graduate researcher of relationships between meditation and brain health. Decades of practice in spiritual and secular forms of meditation. Teaching and research of compassionate and nondual practice. Extensive exposure to Buddhist and other spiritual systems. Training in diverse forms of psychology and reasoning.

Meditation and neurodegeneration; what do we know?

can meditation stop or reverse neurodegeneration? 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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Does cognitively-based compassion training (CBCT) beat depression?

Does compassion training lead to a lowering in self reported depression? This experiment involving second year medical students suggests it might. Continue reading

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Can mindfulness help you to stop smoking?

Can mindfulness meditation help with smoking cessation or addiction? Stop smoking. Continue reading

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Intelligence linked to brain size

Not a surprising headline until you consider that Dr Erhan Genç and Christoph Fraenz at Ruhr-Universität Bochum are reported as suggesting that people with higher scores on an intelligence test were found to have smaller brain structures. […]

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Meditation can change the size of your brain

The brain is plastic, to what extend does it undergo structural changes during meditation? Continue reading

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Spiritual based meditation may help preserve cognitive function

Whilst intensive meditation practice may improve cognitive function, sustained daily practice may help maintain it. Continue reading

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Deepening crisis in meditation research

Is contemporary mindfulness a meditation practice or something different? Continue reading

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Compassion and palliative care

Compassionate, loving kindness and mindfulness interventions in a palliative care setting. Continue reading

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