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A More Open-Minded Nature

meditation-image-77A study conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech’s Human Neuroimaging Laboratory suggests that mindful meditation allows one to accept a situation more readily. Research documented Buddhist meditators’ ability to eschew negative thought patterns associated with an unfair offer. The study scanned the brains of 26 Buddhist meditators and a control group of 40 other individuals during the “Ultimatum Game,” which involved two subjects in determining how to divide a sum of money. In short, meditative brains show less activity in the regions that are associated with the future and purely emotional reactions, while generating increased activity in the areas concerned with the present moment and rational thinking, meaning that they see the intrinsic value of accepting an offer in the present, no matter how minimal it may seem.

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