A groundbreaking study by scientists at Yale, Harvard, and MIT provides the first evidence that meditation – Buddhist insight meditation in particular – has the potential to increase the size of the brain. This brain growth was the result of meditators’ increased thickness in the part of the brain associated with sensory input and attention. This cerebral area affects emotional processing and cognitive function and well-being. Although meditating participants did not experience significant brain growth – the average was 4 to 8 thousandths of an inch – even this minimal increase is significant when it comes to general brain function. The study has revealed the need for additional research to examine the benefits of meditation on the brain in more detail.