Hot Yoga

New Scientist 12th August 2017, p18

A USA study indicated that doing hot yoga twice a week for 8 weeks showed a decrease in emotional eating and of stress for 27 women compared to those not doing yoga.

Another study showed a reduction in depression.

Brain Stimulation – a shortcut for mindfulness?

New Scientist 14th July 2018, pages 34 – 36

Research from the USA has suggested that a simple, non invasive brain stimulation approach called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) – helps achieve a state of mindfulness quickly and easily. It has also been shown to be helpful in yoga.

tDCS has already been shown to be helpful in depression, addiction and possibly stroke.

The benefits seem to be though helping people to ‘de-centre’ their thoughts and reduce mind wandering and distraction.

What makes a job stressful

New Scientist 27/01/18, p10

Leander van der Meeij from Eindhoven University in the Nederlands looked at cortisol levels in different jobs and conditions.

Cortisol levels effort rather than rewards seemed to be the biggest determinant of workplace stress – but only amongst peole who worked particularly long hours with high workloads.

Conclusion was that what is dangerous is if you do not get rewarded for your work, this leads to rising stress levels

For people working normal hours did not show this association.

Differential effects of meditation

New Scientist 14th October 2017, p18; Science Advances, doi.org/cdw7

German research shows that different types of meditation have distinct effects on the brain, looking at 300 volunteers using the approaches for three months,

Mindfulness increased the thickness of the prefrontal cortex and parietal lobes which is linked to attention control.

Comforting Caress

New Scientist 21st October 2107, p15; Scientific Reports DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-13355-7

A study looked at the effect on 84 women made to feel socially excluded whilst playing a game. Those who slowly touched with a soft bristled brush felt less bad than those brushed more rapidly.