by Lydia Robinson Garcia
Socially isolated? Anxious? Lonely? Activities like reading, running or even just enjoying a cup of tea can help ease our thoughts and understand our feelings. In the last 20 years, meditation and mindfulness have acquired much attention in the field of neuroscience, but how does meditation affect our brain? Just a click away you can find some of the answers.
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As we can't organise our monthly events in the usual format we made it digital for you. It will be similar to the physical events: you can listen to various talks from speakers around the world, participate in the discussion, and get the latest neuroscience news - all from the comfort of your own couch! Click the button below and check it out!
The topic of our first Digital-meetup will be: "Bilingual Brain". Dr Maki Kubota will explain us how growing up as a bilingual child affects the brain's executive functions later in life.
Stay tuned for more interesting content - more infographics and articles are coming about artificial intelligence and free-will!
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