The link between meditation and brain research has long been reinforced through scientific research. New studies, claiming some new benefit or other of meditation, make it to pages of scientific journals, on a weekly basis. These subjects vary from, an increase in gray matter volume, to better connectivity among the various sections of the brain.
Read on ahead and get to know of selected and compiled extracts from some of the most exiting research done on the effects of meditation on brain.
Meditation and the Brain
1Delays the Aging of the Brain
Those who had been meditating for about twenty years or more had considerable higher gray matter content than the others. Older people who had been regular at meditation still show some amount of gray matter loss, as compared to young regulars.
Yet the result was like chalk and cheese in case of complete strangers to meditation. The effects were in fact, not just concentrated over specific areas of the brain. Instead they were widespread.
2Reduces activity in the Brain’s Self Center
One of breakthrough research done on the topic of meditation and the capacity of the brain had been carried out at Yale university. As the research goes, mindful meditation decreases the activities in the, Default Mode Network, or DNM, which are the connection in the brain which is responsible for wandering of the mind, particularly when there is nothing specific on it. What we may otherwise term as mindless musings. A lower rate of activity in the self center of the brain, bringing about memories, plans and ambitions, lowers the wandering tendencies of our mind considerably.
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A research team was able to confer that the chances of meditation curing depression, is probably as high as the chances an anti depressant has.
Meditation, is only an active way of training your brain, and thus increasing its awareness. It is not about sitting down quietly and doing nothing at all. The ultimate aim of all procedures are the same, although the procedures themselves may vary.
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4Changes Volume in Key Brain Areas
A team at Harvard, in the year 2011, found out that regular, focused meditation, may in fact change the very structure of the brain. Areas of the brain, related with memory and learning, as well as areas that play an important role in the build up of emotions.
There was also a marked decrease in the areas that are responsible for anxiety and depression. Thus the studies prove that meditation not only changes the structure of our brain, but also brings about a radical change in our perception of reality.
5Improves Power of Concentration
Having the concentration span of a sparrow, is not just a problem in case of the young. Importantly enough, one of the most essential benefits of meditation is an increase in the attention span.
Studies have shown that only as much as a couple of week of meditation, helped people score better marks in reasoning section, in aptitude tests.