Slows Aging of the Brain

meditation-image-83A recent study conducted by scientists from Yale and Massachusetts General Hospital indicates that meditating regularly can slow the thinning of brain structures resulting from aging. The practice has actually been found to thicken key areas of the brain related to auditory, sensory, visual, and internal perception. The study examined the brain function of participants who were highly trained in Buddhist Insight meditation, identifying important changes in the right hemisphere, which is associated with maintaining focus and attention. Researchers predict that other forms of meditation will have similar effects on the brain, although more research is required to explore that possibility.