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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Up your meds

Feeling stressed? (Who isn't?)

Up your meds. As in meditation.

That's how Priscilla Warner, author of "Learning to Breath: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to my Life," refers to sitting and calming her mind.

New research finds that meditation builds your brain.

KABC News in Los Angeles reports that UCLA researchers found people who meditate long-term have more gyrification in the brain. Gyrification means more folding in the cortex. It's what gives the brain its ridge-like appearance. The theory is people with more ridges are able to process information better.

"Well one of the possibilities is that with an increase folding comes an increased number of neurons. And if we have an increased number of neurons, you might process certain information differently," said neuroscientist Eileen Luders.