After providing all the funding for The Brain from Top to Bottom for over 10 years, the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction informed us that because of budget cuts, they were going to be forced to stop sponsoring us as of March 31st, 2013.

We have approached a number of organizations, all of which have recognized the value of our work. But we have not managed to find the funding we need. We must therefore ask our readers for donations so that we can continue updating and adding new content to The Brain for Top to Bottom web site and blog.

Please, rest assured that we are doing our utmost to continue our mission of providing the general public with the best possible information about the brain and neuroscience in the original spirit of the Internet: the desire to share information free of charge and with no adverstising.

Whether your support is moral, financial, or both, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Bruno Dubuc, Patrick Robert, Denis Paquet, and Al Daigen





Funding Update

September 8th, 2014

Since government funding for The Brain from Top to Bottom ended on March 31, 2013, we have raised nearly $8,000 in private donations from people like you. Over the following five months, from April through August 2014, we received slightly over $1,000 in contributions, which has let me continue writing my weekly posts for The Brain from Top to Bottom blog and keep the site as up to date as possible. Many thanks to all of you who sent in donations.


Monday, 2 April 2012
Meditation Can Reduce Stress

meditationIn a study published in 2007, people who practiced a method of meditation known as Integrative Body-Mind Training, or IBMT, for five days showed better attention and better ability to manage stress and its harmful effects than people in a control group who were given only relaxation training.

These results have just been confirmed by a brain-imaging study by the same research team. This study showed that people who had meditated showed better regulation of their autonomic nervous system by frontal regions of the brain (such as the anterior cingulate cortex) than people who had simply relaxed.

a_exp Short-term meditation training improves attention and self-regulation
a_exp Central and autonomic nervous system interaction is altered by short-term meditation
i_lien Body-Mind Training Lowers Stress

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