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Are You Mindful or Mindless? A Neuroscientist’s Perspective

Powerful scientific evidence from an addict turned brain scientist.

Brian Pennie
Dec 15, 2020 · 11 min read

How the Brain Works

Neurons

Neuroplasticity

The reptilian brain

The limbic brain

The cortex

The stress response

The Neuroscience of Mindlessness

It’s not life or death

Emotional hijacking

Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Source: Unprocessed scans of my brain taken in 2013 and 2018. These scans contain the slice showing the anterior commissure, the standard anatomical structure used to compare brain scans. It was difficult to make exact slice comparisons as the images were scanned on different MRI machines using a different resolution.
Source: Grey matter scans of my brain taken in 2013 and 2018. Although subtle, there is greater grey matter density in the scan from 2018. Unlike the comparison scans above, these scans have been processed using a normalization technique which is required for the analysis.

Emotional regulation

Attention and focus

Self-awareness

Takeaway message

Personal Growth

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Brian Pennie

Written by

Change is possible. I write to show that. Author | Recovered addict | Speaker | PhD candidate. www.brianpennie.com

Personal Growth

Sharing our ideas and experiences.

Brian Pennie

Written by

Change is possible. I write to show that. Author | Recovered addict | Speaker | PhD candidate. www.brianpennie.com

Personal Growth

Sharing our ideas and experiences.

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