Entries by Dr. Hagen Rampes

Mindfulness Practice Improves Attention in ADHD

Mindfulness practice is essentially attention training, so is it a surprise that people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can improve their attention skills with mindfulness practice? Psychologists from Sao Paulo, Brazil found that adults with ADHD improved their mood, quality of life and attention after an 8 week mindfulness course. There were 21 people […]

Self-Compassion & Mindfulness Practice

What are the factors that promote resilience and wellbeing?  Why is it that some people seem to face problems with equanimity whereas others ruminate about life’s vicissitudes, beating themselves up for their shortcomings and exacerbating their distress?  Leary et al evaluated self-compassion and how it differs from self-esteem.  Self-compassion is defined as “being open to and […]

Compassion increases salivary antibodies

Psychoneuroimmunological research has shown that stress, social support and emotions may affect susceptibility to infectious disease by modulating the immune system. Salivary immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) has been studied as a stress marker. This antibody is found in secretions in the lining of the upper respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal system and urinary tract. S-IgA is important […]

A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind

A study published in 2010 by researchers from Harvard University, revealed that a human mind is a wandering mind and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Philosophical and religious traditions expound that being in the present moment results in happiness and peace.  Killingworth & Gilbert conducted a real-time study of people’s level of happiness […]

Mindfulness Improves Sleep Quality

Sleep disturbance is a huge problem. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2015 by David Black and colleagues from University of Southern California examined the effect of mindfulness meditation on sleep quality in adults with moderate sleep disturbance. People who attended a mindfulness program had greater improvement in their sleep than those […]

Mindfulness & Brain, Immune Function

An 8 week mindfulness program resulted in positive effects on brain and immune functioning. The study investigated emotion-related brain wave activity and antibody response to vaccination in employees of a biotechnology company in Madison, USA. The study was published by Davidson et al, University of Wisconsin, in 2003. Forty one employees were randomly allocated to […]

Forgiveness & the Heart

Is there anyone who has not wronged another at some point? Who amongst us has not wanted to be forgiven? Most people have suffered some wrongdoing by others. Why should one forgive? The answer from a health perspective seems to be that when we forgive, our cardiovascular functioning improves as well as achieving inner peace. […]

Brain Circuits Involved in Forgiving

There is emerging evidence that when we forgive, we improve our mental health. A recent brain imaging study has examined the neural pathways involved in forgiveness. The authors noted that forgiveness was strongly correlated to subjective relief. A study by investigators at the University of Pisa, Italy (Ricciardi et al, 2013, Frontiers in Neuroscience) examined […]

Upstream or Downstream?

“Row Row Row Your Boat Gently Down the Stream Merrily Merrily Merrily Merrily Life is but a Dream” I love this nursery rhyme, which I only came across in my adult years. It’s a wonderful metaphor on how to live life. Just imagine canoeing or kayaking on a river. Feel the effort and energy expended […]