Part of series of short clips addressing common brain myths. The clips were made for the Ar event “How the Brain Got Its Wrinkles, and Other Stories”.
2015 – The benefits of mindfulness in preventing serious depression and emotional distress have been proven by clinical trials. Mindfulness — cultivated by simple forms of meditation — also works for people struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. Studies have shown that by investing a few minutes each day, anyone can learn the techniques of mental training and incorporate them into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, depression and exhaustion, and to enhance their creative potential. With new brain imaging techniques, scientists can also see the changes that take place in the brains of people who learn to meditate. These changes help scientists understand the physical and psychological mechanisms that make mindfulness effective and to develop effective interventions to help people suffering mental distress.
What are the latest discoveries in neuroscience that can help us understand the brain, consciousness, memory and attention? What practical advice is there on detecting and coping with stress? What is “mindfulness,” why is it important and how does one practice it?
Parkinson’s Diseases, Huntington’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis. We’ve all heard of these conditions. What are we doing as a society to fight against these diseases? At “The invisible link – dialogues between lab and clinic in Neurodegenerative disorders”, we decided to explore two approaches that may appear distinct, but are in fact tightly linked – basic and clinical research.
A preview of the upcoming Ar programme promoted by students and researchers of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme. It will be
Reconnect, the crowdfunding campaign organised by the neuroscientist and Ar speaker Marta Moita, will help reunite refugee families. It is
2015 – Pain is a complex neurological phenomenon, involving a highly intricate web of biological, psychological, and social mechanisms. Join us in our attempt to tackle the cultural and scientific challenges of Pain.
2015 – But what really is depression? What are its causes? Are the underlying biological and psychological factors dissociable? And most importantly, how can depression be treated and prevented? On January 22nd we will explore this phenomenon and try to answer some of these questions.
Neuroscientists represent the world using cause-effect relationships, principles, mechanisms. Artists create representations of the world using colors, sounds, movements. Can these representations mutually challenge, feed and complete themselves in a single humanistic experience?
2014 – Most people want to be happy. We all intuitively know it when we feel it, yet we are surprisingly poor at predicting what will bring us happiness. Finding a definition that truly captures this feeling is not as easy as we might expect. For thousands of years ancient contemplative traditions have examined the nature of happiness. More recently, the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology have attempted to do the same.