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Sunday, August 19, 2012
Meditation reshapes your brain
Just two months conscious and proper practice of regular meditation completely rebuilds the human brain.
This sensational conclusion was made by a team of scientists of Harvard
Medical School. The results of the study were published in a special
edition of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. The experiment was
conducted on 16 volunteers who participated in the 8-week program aimed
to reduce stress through mindfulness, developed by the Centre for
Mindfulness (University of Massachusetts Medical School). In weekly
sessions participants were trained to focus on the awareness of their
body’s senses, feelings and states of mind. Moreover, they had to
meditate at home in their spare time.
underwent MRI brain scanning before and after the training program. A
comparison of the results showed an increase in gray matter in the
hippocampus, a brain structure involved in memory processing, and in
some other areas of the brain associated wit
h self-awareness and introspection.
Two years earlier, researchers at the University of California, Los
Angeles with the help of high-resolution scanning of the brain, found
that in people who regularly practice meditation, brain areas associated
with the expression of emotions are significantly greater in size than
in the control group. All the 22 participants of the experiment have
been practicing meditation for a long time: from 5 to 46 years, the
average duration was 24 years. Most of them devoted to meditation from
10 to 90 minutes a day.
“We know that people who regularly
practice meditation often express positive emotions, have the ability to
maintain peace of mind and manifest a caring attitude towards others.
Our results may shed some light as to why these people have similar
qualities“, noted the lead author of the work Eileen Luders.