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Quicker Focus

meditation-image-62Under the direction of Dr. Giuseppe Pagnoni, researchers at Emory University found that those who practice Zen meditation displayed an enhanced ability to focus, and were able to return to their previous meditative condition after being interrupted with a task, compared to those who do not practice meditation. Using fMRI imaging, the study revealed that a certain part of the brain in meditators—the angular gyrus—was restored back to normal blood flow more quickly after a distraction than in subjects who did not practice meditation. The interrupting task was used to serve as an imitation of random thoughts that we often have when resting. The study’s results suggest that meditation may help those who have a hard time focusing.

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