Midweek Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the news. From the Washington Post: Mindfulness for decreasing drinking Something anyone who's been to therapy for substance use issues knows, is that if you're going to quit something, it helps to also have something to replace it with. Removing whatever unhealthy coping substance a person uses from their life without pulling a … Continue reading Midweek Mindfulness

Study Aims for Sweet Spot of Teens’ Screen Time — via Psych Central News —

Fair is fair, teen fam. Looking at screens for moderate amounts of time does not seem to strongly impact wellness. You can still totally mess up your head using apps on phones to communicate with friends, though. If you notice that you seem to struggle a lot with "toxic" relationships, or maybe have codependent tendencies, then you … Continue reading Study Aims for Sweet Spot of Teens’ Screen Time — via Psych Central News —

Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity — via ScienceDaily ::

Evidence implication: A few episodes of binge drinking to a state of drunkenness, or non-dependent recreational drinking, during teenage years permanently alters cognitive functioning and emotional regulation. If you know a teen, share this information with them. You remember what it was like to be a teenager (if you aren't currently one now) - there's … Continue reading Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity — via ScienceDaily ::

Hope for the Restless

"Insomnia patients who focus on behavioral changes may be less stressed and more functional during the day than counterparts relying on medication, a recent study suggests." (Via Reuters) Like many people, I have suffered from episodes of acute insomnia, and over the years have adopted many of the recommended sleep hygiene techniques that emerged from research in … Continue reading Hope for the Restless

What the Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias | Vanity Fair

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/07/data-police-racial-bias I'm a big proponate of utilizing meta data (the collection and cross analysis of large data sets from smaller or more specifically focused studies) to develop more accurate understandings of big issues.  Police violence and the disproportionate oppression of black and other minorities is critical to be talking about, as well as informing your … Continue reading What the Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias | Vanity Fair