In a study published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, meditation was found to make people less judgmental. In the study, participants took part in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program where they practiced mindfulness meditation over the course of eight weeks. At the end of the program, participants’ MRI brain images showed changes in certain parts of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection, causing the participants to become less judgmental of their own feelings and perceptions. Mindfulness meditation concentrates on self-awareness, or nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings, and one’s emotional state of mind. Participants displayed improvements in all of these areas, suggesting that meditation can help people learn to be less judgmental.