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Musings on neuroscience, meditation and Muse.

May 19, 2020

What Is Consciousness? Measuring Consciousness with EEG & fMRI

What is Consciousness? We inherently know what it means to be conscious, yet we have a difficult time explaining it… so what exactly is consciousness?  Throughout history (and still to this day), philosophers and scientists have not fully understood human consciousness.  Back in the 1600s, philosophers believed that the mind was completely separate from the … Continued

May 8, 2020

The History of Sleep: How We Came to Discover Sleep Stages

It’s safe to say that humans have been sleeping since the dawn of humanity… but in spite of this, much of our understanding did not occur until the 20th century. Let’s take a look at breakthroughs through the history of sleep that have brought us closer to understanding its stages. Henri Pieron (1881-1964) Henri Piéron was … Continued

April 30, 2020

A Sleep Psychologist’s Take on Sleep During COVID-19

In a recent cross-account, national consumer study conducted by US PR agency, Kickstand, uncovering some profound data on COVID-19’s impact on stress, mental health, and access to resources. Among the findings:  69% of Americans agree COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health, with 80% agreeing it has increased their stress and anxiety levels At the … Continued

April 9, 2020

The Difference Between Meditation and Sleep

Admit it, sometimes when you’re meditating you think to yourself, “Why don’t I just go to sleep instead?” There’s no shame in that! In fact, that’s part of the point of meditation—to rest and relax the mind—but sleep and meditation don’t affect the mind in the same way. Here’s a more in-depth look at what … Continued

April 1, 2020

Gratitude: The Not-So-Secret Key to Happiness in Hard Times

Amidst the current global pandemic, rising unemployment rates, and the majority of us in isolation, you might be challenged by someone asking you the question: “What are you grateful for?” As counter-intuitive as it may seem, answering this question could just be the best way to experience some much-needed relief.   So, what is gratitude and … Continued

Unlocking Your Brain: White Matter VS Grey Matter

  You’re probably familiar with grey matter, it’s a popular term in pop culture, but its lesser-known sibling white matter is just as interesting—and may be just as important. (3) The left and the right side of the brain are different. We only use 10% of the brain. Alcohol kills brain cells. Too much TV … Continued

March 24, 2020

Muse x Joshua: Not Your Average 8th Grade Science Project

Our team at Muse received a request from one very bright 8th grader at Emery/Weiner School in Houston Texas. His name is Joshua Kaplan, and was in need of our help for his science fair project. Joshua’s curiosity lead him to investigate the effects of different lighting on states of stress and relaxation. We were … Continued

March 19, 2020

Ask Scott Ste Marie: How To Deepen Your Meditation Practice

Meet Scott Ste Marie. He’s on a mission to demystify mental health. Scott leads group meditations at the Muse HQ on Tuesday mornings, and we had a chance to sit down with him to learn more about his work and meditation practice. Scott answered four questions about his experience with meditation. What type of meditation do … Continued

March 18, 2020

Calm in the Chaos: A Survival Guide to Relieve Stress

Uncertainty and stress are bubbling up in all of our lives to various degrees given the current global health pandemic, and we are all experiencing this together. It’s essential that we take time to relieve our stress and stay grounded.   Let’s just pause and take a collective, audible *EXHALE*  Though we don’t know exactly what … Continued