Thursday, December 11, 2014

Anderson Cooper's 60 Minutes Report on "Mindfulness" To Air Sunday, December 14th


From 60minutes.com ~

Anderson Cooper puts down the mobile devices to meditate and report on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions. Watch Cooper's report on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

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CNN Anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper is one of the busiest journalists in America. And like many people, he's constantly working his cell phone, probably more than most. But this Sunday, he puts it down to meditate and report on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness that scientists say is very healthy, but people are losing to life's many distractions like cell phones. Cooper's report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Cooper learns to meditate in the course of his reporting. Then, he dons a cap with 128 electrodes, which monitors his brain to show how meditating and mindfulness can alter its function. 

 The study and analysis is done by Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Massachusetts. He believes everyone can learn to meditate and achieve the same mindfulness, escaping constant use of digital devices, which he believes are addicting. 

 "[Being on a phone has] the same reward pathways as addiction, absolutely," Dr. Brewer tells Cooper. 

 Says Cooper, "I'm on mobile devices all day long. I feel like I could go through an entire day and not be present. It's exhausting." And not just for him, says Dr. Brewer. "All of this is leading to a societal exhaustion."

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5 comments:

Jaanza said...

Thanks, ATA, for the info on Anderson's newest '60 Minutes' report. It reminds me of the sleep study Anderson subjected himself to years ago for a 360 report.

Thursday's 360 was anchored by John Berman. Berman didn't say where Anderson was and he didn't say Anderson didn't have a bad cold so that's what I'm going with. Anderson was off work today because of a bad cold. Here's hoping he gets plenty of rest and chicken soup and is back at work tomorrow.

Berman's topics were:
- storms in northern California
- CIA Director press conference coverage and panel
- more on the Mississippi teenage burning death
- 'Shutdown Showdown' over the 2015 Omnibus funding bill (this should have been the lead story)
- Bulletin
- Texas murder conviction overturned because it was really the fault of the GM car
- preview of 'Dinosaur 13' and interview with two involved with it
- update on the House voting for the 2015 Omnibus bill.

@Anon 12:16 PM yesterday - I don't give a flying fig about the ratings when 360 has a second-rate Drew Griffin report and Hayes has a good look at the Omnibus bill (that's what happened Wednesday). When 360 has a full hour of terrific news content, I'll be the first one to crow about it.

Anonymous said...

I don't think many people watch Hayes besides Jaanza these days. His ratings are dismal. I wonder why that is.

Anonymous said...

Jaanza don't listen to the naysers.
MSNBC will rebound in another couple of months as we draw closer to the next election cycle.
AC/360 is just another Republican
venting podium disguised as Zucker's "middle ground."
He's hoping to compete with Fox News and never will.

Anonymous said...

Good point 1:20am. I wonder the exact same thing.

Anonymous said...

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The police have a tough job, and I am in no way defending them.
But they have to maintain law and order and they profile EVERYBODY, not only the Afro-American race.
I am a Senior and I have been stopped for driving too slow.
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I did not get a ticket because I willingly answered every question asked of me, and I was on my way.
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Like it or not, that is the way of the world....and it is not going to change in our life time.
Not yet and I'm old enough to tell it, like it is.