Author Archives: Stephen Gene Morris

About Stephen Gene Morris

Formally trained neuroscientist and cognitive psychologist, post graduate 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.

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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Methodological problems in mindfulness research

Problems in how meditation is researched are highlighted in this meta study. But the paper stops short of explaining why its lost in a ‘theoretical mist’. Continue reading

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Compassion, meditation and depression

Can cognitive based compassion therapy (CBCT) help with depression? Continue reading

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Measuring loving kindness-compassion

To what extent can loving kindness and compassion be reliably measured? Continue reading

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How much does science know about meditation?

Scientific understanding of meditation and mindfulness Continue reading

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