Discover what meditation can do for your brain – Daily Mail

A team of psychiatrists led by Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a study on how to exercise in meditation may affect the brain.

According to the findings, published in Psychiatry Research, to practice meditation in a period of eight weeks can cause changes in memory, self-awareness, empathy and stress. Is spiritual practice, transforms physically and that it contributes significantly to improving the health.

The main author of the study, the psychiatrist Sara Lazar, said that if it is true, the practice of meditation is associated with tranquility as well as the physical relaxation, there are also benefits cognitive and psychological effects that persist throughout the day with this practice.

“ The new research shows that changes in the structure of the brain may be behind these proven benefits, and that people do not feel better only because it has been relaxed,” he said.

The specialist, in previous studies, had already found important structural differences between the brains of practitioners of meditation and the people who do not follow this practice. This difference is, for example, a greater thickness of the cerebral cortex, as well as areas associated with attention and emotional integration.

On the other hand, were 16 volunteers who underwent an mri scan two weeks before and after a meditation course with a duration of 8 weeks, coordinated by the University of Massachusetts.

The volunteers of this meditation group spent 27 minutes each day practicing these exercises. The doctors noticed big differences in the answers to a medical questionnaire in comparison with the answers before the course.

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Important results

With respect to the images captured by magnetic resonance imaging was found that an increased density of gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory.

Well as structures associated with self awareness, compassion and introspection.

It was also discovered, a decrease of gray matter in the brain’s amygdala, which is associated with the decrease of the stress.

On the other hand, none of these changes were observed in the control group of other volunteers. Indicating, that these results were not only of the passage of time.

Britta Hölzel , lead author of this study said. “ It is fascinating to see the plasticity of the brain and how, through the practice of meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life.”

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