Helps Tune Out Distractions

meditation-image-85A recent study conducted by scientists from Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presents evidence that mindfulness meditation may positively affect an important brain structure that helps us tune out distractions. A brain wave known as the “alpha rhythm,” this structure helps us ignore distracting information in order to avoid overstimulation. Researchers stress the fact that this function has special value for people living in today’s hyper-stimulating world. The study’s finding helps to explain mindfulness meditators’ enhanced capacity for memory and retention of new information, which can easily be connected to the brain’s control of the alpha rhythm.