Buddhism may change behavior

From Associated Press

A Yale psychiatrist is bringing together neuroscience and Buddhist practices to help people overcome their addictions.

Dr. Judson A. Brewer has conducted studies with alcoholics and cocaine addicts and now is beginning research to help people quit smoking.

Brewer is medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic, based at the Veterans Affairs medical center. What he teaches is mindfulness, a concept rooted in Buddhism.

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Psychiatrist teaches ‘mindfulness’ to smokers

From Newsday

A Yale psychiatrist is bringing together neuroscience and Buddhist practices to help people overcome their addictions.

Dr. Judson A. Brewer has conducted studies with alcoholics and cocaine addicts and now is beginning research to help people quit smoking.

Brewer is medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic, based at the Veterans Affairs medical center. What he teaches is mindfulness, a concept rooted in Buddhism.

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Group finds calm through meditation

From Peoria Times Observer

Eyes closed, legs folded and blanket draped over her shoulders, Jean Sloan exuded calm.

As Sloan led the Peoria Insight Meditation Group through a recent session, peacefully breathing and contemplating her own life, she seemed detached from turmoil.

Before turning to meditation about seven years ago, however, the Edwards woman was filled with worry.

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