Development

The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

This is an invited research digest by Dr. Monica Ellwood-Lowe of Stanford University. A number of studies have shown that the hippocampus, a brain region that is particularly sensitive to stress, is smaller in children who grow up in homes with fewer economic and educational resources. The hippocampus is nestled deep in the brain, critical for… Continue reading The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

Mindfulness

Three Essential Questions to Start Practicing Meditation

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Y. Mochizuki of RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. Meditation, something that has been practiced by various religious traditions since antiquity, is now receiving more attention in science. Numerous studies report beneficial effects of meditation, and its underlying neural mechanism is beginning to be elucidated. In this… Continue reading Three Essential Questions to Start Practicing Meditation