On the evening of March 26th, 2012, Yvonne Kent Pateras suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke, leaving her unable to speak or move. She also experienced “locked-in” syndrome. These are Yvonne’s own words regarding the traumatic stroke she experienced: “I had the experience of knowing
Poetry: Your new tool for a healthy self & brain Did you know that Emily Dickinson can change your neurophysiology? Well, maybe not Dickinson herself, but certainly the poetry she wrote. In 2013, researchers at the University of Exeter had subjects take functional MRI’s (i.e., a t
Live your best life: Mindfully control your brain’s reaction to stress Did you know that the brain’s “stress center,” the amygdala, shrinks post mindfulness practice? In addition, the functional connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex are weakened. This allows
This blog post originally appeared on The Mighty I’ve had episodic migraines all my life, but they never debilitated me. A day or two before my period, when a bad headache would strike, I’d take four Advil, put an ice pack on my neck, and be fine a few hours later. That all ch
This blog post originally appeared on About Meditation. Do you ever struggle to connect or communicate with your partner? I mean, who doesn’t? But what a lot of people don’t know is that brain science shows that practicing mindfulness can help you in this area of life. You see, mindfu
This blog post originally appeared on THRIVE GLOBAL Here are five digestible bytes of well-regarded facts, opinions, and ideas about mindfulness meditation’s ability to lead to greater well-being! 1. Reframe the Experience of Pain: Mindfulness meditation’s ability to provide pai
This post originally appeared on Mindful.org When you watch the Olympics, you can’t help but imagine the countless hours of training all of the athletes have devoted themselves to in order to accomplish the unfathomable feats of stamina, incomprehensible shows of endurance, and extrao
This blog post originally appeared on Mindful.org If we were able to prove that individuals suffering from PTSD are experiencing reversible neurological changes, would that help to alleviate any taboo associated with trauma, so sufferers are able to get the treatment they need?
This blog post originally appeared on Mindful.Org Imagine being poked by a thermal probe that heats a small area of your skin to 120.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Ouch. Now imagine trying mindfulness meditation, and having that probe touch your skin again. Painful, you’d think. Not as
This blog post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Less might sometimes be more, but two brains are most definitely better than one! How extraordinary then that research continues to confirm a second brain that resides in our guts. Yes, our gut has its own neural network, the
Dr. Wolkin graduated with highest honors from Queens College, City University of New York. She then earned a PhD in Psychology, with a behavioral health emphasis, from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. Subsequently, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School.