Lengthens Attention Span

meditation-image-75Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison found that subjects who performed a task after practicing Vipassana meditation for three months had increased the capacity of their attention span. Participants in the study were shown two successive targets mixed with numerous distractions, which flashed on the screen for a split-second period of time. While non-practitioners of meditation struggled to focus on and recall the second target,  the brains of Vipassana meditation practitioners devoted more energy to finding the second target, and recalled it with more ease than other participants. These findings suggest that meditation aids in increasing our attention span.