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Improves Concentration

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-65A recent study in the Journal of Neuroscience indicates that meditating regularly improves individuals’ concentration abilities. Contrary to popular opinion, meditation is not such a mysterious or difficult thing to learn; it’s simply a matter of learning how to concentrate on a certain idea or action while letting all distractions fade away. After three months of regular meditation, participants in the study demonstrated marked improvement in the consistency of their attention span. Not only were they able to concentrate for longer, but participants were also able to concentrate more consistently after they completed the study.

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Maintains Cognitive Abilities in Older People

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-66Researchers at UCLA found that those who practiced meditation for years showed stronger brain connections, less aging in the brain over time, and less brain size shrinkage. The results of the study suggest that practicing meditation regularly may slow down natural withering of brain structure, as well as positively affecting our immune system. The study used diffusion tensor imaging to measure the changes in participants’ brains, revealing a difference in more than one cerebral area. The findings suggest the presence of connections that enhance the relay of rapid electrical signals across different brain regions, indicating that meditation is all encompassing in its positive effects on the brain. With the slower aging of their brains, meditators are able to maintain many cognitive abilities for longer.

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Augments Concentration Abilities

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-67In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, results revealed that those who practiced meditation, even at an introductory level, improved overall performance and the ability to hone their attention. The study was the first to explore meditation’s effects on the three subcomponents of attention, including the ability to manage goals and prioritize, the ability to remain alert to the surrounding environment, and the ability to focus voluntarily on specified information. The results demonstrate meditation’s effectiveness as a non-medical approach for enhancing cognitive abilities and focus across diverse groups of individuals. Furthermore, the researchers note that their findings have important implications for employee performance and training in the workplace.

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