Blind people can use their hearing more effectively

And here’s how to reproduce the effects in the seeing.

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Your shadow self

Apparently, if you stimulate part of the brain (left temporoparietal junction), you induce the feeling of _autoscopy_ or _heautoscopy_, where you experience a double of yourself.

Mind Hack discusses some of the “recent research”: behind these phenomena.

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Lots of talk about flow

It seems like people are getting into the flow of flow:

* “”:
* “43Folders”:
* “c2”:
* “wikipedia”:

I’ve read both “Finding Flow”: and “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”: I also describe a “negative experience with flow”: that I had some time back. But all in all, I love being able to get into that state where things just fall into place because, well, I can just make them.

The Dalai Lama and mind research

I knew the Dalai Lama was supportive in research on consciousness, but I didn’t know he was “this involved”:,00000001381,0,0,1,0.

Meditation and training

More stuff comes out about meditation every day. Results of a new one detail how “meditation influences the regulation of visual perception”:

Neurology, motivation, and the news

Whenever I file an entry under both “mind and consciousness” and “current events,” I am often nervous. This entry is no different.

First up is the story about how tobacco advertisers are “targeting women”:, especially in developing countries. It seems they have their advertising techniques down to a science, including the perception of addressing health issues with cigarette. (Preview to the article: one of the techniques they use is putting appetite suppressants into the cigarette and touting weight-loss.)

Bitch, Ph.D. guest blogger PorJ talks about an NYTimes article discussing “neural circuitry and relationships”: Science Blog has its “own coverage”: of the findings. The findings in themselves are fascinating — not only is love connected to emotion and sexual arousal, but also to attachment and long-term planning. This science, as all science to some degree does, have a downside. It enables advertisers to be even more efficient, and, in light of the tobacco advertiser article linked above, you bet I smell danger.

Put this on your long list of developments to watch. And it’s high time we develop a defense against the onslaught of scientifically-refined advertising.

More hi-tech meditation

There is a new course that combines “meditation and virtual reality”: to teach people how to cope with stressful situations not only during a sitting practice, but also out in the world where stressful situations occur. One technique teaches meditation while using VR to simulate a stressful environment. They are testing these ideas especially on people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

I wonder if they have a spot for me. I have during-toddler stress disorder.

Prayer and health — the controversy rolls on

Whether prayer affects health has been controversial for some time now. “Here’s”: another study in favor of prayer.

This could be good

A medical research university in Texas and a yoga institute in Bangalore, India “team up”: to do research on mind-body interventions on cancer patients.

Look for some good stuff to come out of this.

More mind over matter

bq. It’s all a matter of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
— goofy quote I heard in middle school

Surprise, more happiness is linked to “a better heart”: