Can meditation and relaxation boost your memory and improve attention?
Research has shown that meditation can physically change brain structure to increase mental efficacy of the quality associated with a higher intelligence.
Anxiety and stress are frequent causes of memory and attention difficulties. Biofeedback is an effective way to combat these problems.
Biofeedback uses your mind to control your body. Using cutting edge computer technology, you receive “feedback” about your body’s physical condition. You can “see” and “hear” activity inside your body and, through practice, learn to control these bodily processes leading to a healthier body and calmer mind. Biofeedback will teach you how to counter the impact of stress on the mind and body, and promote the body’s natural healing process. Research clearly indicates that biofeedback can be used to lower blood pressure and heart rate. After each session of biofeedback, you will feel more relaxed, focused, and less stressed. Over time, you will gain control over your responses to life’s stressors while becoming a calmer, more relaxed person. These methods will give you the tools you need to manage stress for the rest of your life!
In a Harvard Medical School study, researchers observed the brain using MRI with average people while they were meditating. They found that after 20 minutes of meditation/relaxation, there was increased thickness in the part of the brain that controls memory and attention. The findings suggest regular meditation helps people maintain their ability to remember and focus.
Biofeedback is also useful for a variety of other medical conditions, including:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Problems
Cognitive training can enhance memory, mental agility, and attention.
With the proper exercises, memory, attention, and reasoning can be improved. The more you practice a particular skill, the stronger that skill becomes. These changes can actually be seen in your brain! Areas of the brain used frequently strengthen and grow. With the proper help, cognitive training can enhance mental prowess and cognitive capacity.
The purpose of cognitive remediation is to improve the underlying skills that allow us to succeed intellectually, socially, vocationally, and at home. Cognitive training utilizes a variety of exercises that are specifically designed to improve many skills including the following:
- Mental Flexibility
Often, individuals with dementia, strokes, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other neurological disorders experience failure because of a weakness in an area of cognitive functioning which is needed to complete a task successfully. Cognitive remediation will strengthen these skills through a variety of tasks which gradually increase in complexity and difficulty as the particular cognitive ability improves.
Cognitive training also generally leads to an improvement in self-esteem as an individual builds upon his successes with frequent, individualized, positive feedback from our therapist and related success at home, at work, socially, and in the community.
In addition to providing psychotherapy and counseling services to adults, our staff of psychologists and therapists also provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and families for the following:
- Work-related/vocational problems
- School-related/academic problems
- Family difficulties
- Relationship issues