Here’s a very thoughtful article by my colleague Karla Hackney published earlier this week in the Oregonian.
Seldom heard are the stories of autistic adults. And rarely do they report the challenges of those who seek companionship. It’s believed that autism blocks the ability to intercommunicate and express feelings in a normal way. These difficulties often relegate those diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to solitude. And yet, like us all, those diagnosed as on the Spectrum deeply wish to love another.
We may think of our own relationships as pertaining to the heart, but for solutions in the field of ASD, research has focused predominantly on the brain.
Think about it for a minute. How would you answer this question?
What is mind?
John D. Clague from Salem, Oregon, who writes about spirituality and health, discusses this after hearing neurobiologist Dan Siegel open his talk at a Portland, Oregon conference on integrative medicine with the question.
Clague shares Siegel’s observation that in measuring the brain, science cannot find love as one of its functions. And what about consciousness or mind?
Does praying change the brain? Does prayer change the brain?
A study conducted in Michigan a few years ago by Brigid Waldron-Perrine, Ph.D. at Wayne State University and recently published in Rehabilitation Psychology found that patients with traumatic brain injuries who “felt a connection with a higher power” experienced better rehabilitation. Waldron-Perrine said, “among healthy adults, religion and spirituality have shown strong association with improved life satisfaction and physical and mental health outcomes.” And her research showed that this is also true for those with brain injuries. Continue reading Prayer changes the brain?→