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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.




If you are interested in similar brain-related topics, you must join us at the Brainstorms Festival in March. Listen to talks from leading neuroscientists, take part in discussions, and network with like-minded people from around the world. Click on the image below to find out more:



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