The answer appears obvious: if an antidote to aging existed, surely we would have heard about it by now. As for growing younger, entire industries are devoted to the appearance of youth but under the surface it would seem that time marches on. How, then, is it possible for men in their late seventies and early eighties to suddenly improve their memories, hearing, eyesight, dexterity and appetite without any pharmaceutical aid? One of their first surprises came when they asked leading geriatricians how they could measure the biological markers of age before and after the study: they were told there are none. They were not allowed to bring up any events that happened after , and they were to refer to themselves, their families, and their careers as they were at that time.
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Most of the work in progress is concerned with the interaction of mindfulness and health, business, and education. We have conceptually replicated it with respect to weight loss, vision, diabetes, and colds. It is soon to be tested with women with stage four breast cancer.
Health studies we have recently conducted are aimed at improving disease outcomes by attention to symptom variability.
Arthritis, chronic pain, als, tbi, prostate cancer, and ms have been shown to be amenable to this treatment. Studies with other disorders are now underway.
Other ongoing projects include using mindfulness to reduce bullying, increase innovation, improve learning and memory, and decrease stereotyping. The Langer Mindfulness Scale The Langer Mindfulness Scale is a item questionnaire intended for use as a training, self-discovery, and research instrument.
It assesses four domains associated with mindful thinking: novelty-seeking, engagement, novelty producing, and flexibility. An individual who seeks novelty perceives each situation as an opportunity to learn something new. An individual who scores high in engagement is likely to notice more details about his or her specific relationship with the environment. A novelty producing person generates new information in order to learn more about the current situation. Flexible people welcome a changing environment rather than resist it.
Aging in Reverse: the Counterclockwise Study
She is an academic. Her work is about looking for ways to surpass what seems impossible in the medical field. The latter is, according to Langer, not feasible for humans to attain anyway. The men spoke about past events as if they were happening in the present. As a result, they came out of the experiment with significantly improved memory, vision, physical strength, and other measures that are commonly believed to irreversibly decline with age.
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