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Lengthens Attention Span

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

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.

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Enhances Attention over Time

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-76Researchers at the University of California at Davis found that participating in meditation actively improves our attention. As part of the study, two different participant groups went on a three-month meditation retreat. In addition to meditative training, participants also performed tasks like sitting at a computer and watching a series of lines appear on the screen. Participants were instructed to click the mouse when they saw a shorter line appear. The study found that as the retreat wore on, participants were able to better distinguish the difference between the longer and shorter lines, showing an improvement in attention. For some participants, their attention continued improving nearly six months after the retreat had ended.

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