Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute discovered that mindfulness meditation can train individuals to make decisions informed by logic instead of emotion. While our tendency as humans is to rely on an emotional reaction when confronted with a difficult decision, meditators instead draw on a self-awareness that aids them in thinking rationally before making any decision, researchers suggested. In the study, Buddhist meditators and non-meditators participated in a decision-making game scenario. The MRI brain images of the participants showed different areas of the brain engaged in Buddhist meditators than non-meditators. The meditators were found to activate areas of the brain involved with awareness and a focus on the present moment, facilitating their logical decision-making process.