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Changes Brain Function to Assuage Fear and Stress

meditation-image-115A study performed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with employees at a high-tech firm facing high levels of stress found that meditation changed their brain function, diminishing fear and stress responses as a result. By examining participants’ brain activity neuroscientists determined that those who meditate actually shift their brain activity to different cerebral regions away from areas that trigger fear and stress-based reactions. Brain activity of meditators was repositioned to another part of the brain that is instead associated with calm feelings. Over time, this shift in cerebral activity became even more pronounced, suggesting that meditation has the potential to lead individuals into a happier and calmer state.

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