The Meditated Brain

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The November issue of Neuroreport is getting widespread press coverage for its report on newly-discovered effects of meditation on the brain:

“Brain imaging of regular working folks who meditate regularly revealed increased thickness in cortical regions related to sensory, auditory and visual perception, as well as internal perception — the automatic monitoring of heart rate or breathing, for example.”

The effects of meditation on the brain have been a subject of increased study in the past decade, and research seems to indicate that the practice offers significant merit for brain health.

To find out more about the brain and meditation, here are a few helpful links:
“Meditate on This: Buddhist Tradition Thickens Part of Brain”
NPR’s “Science Explores Meditation’s Effect on the Brain”
“Meditation Gives Brain a Charge”

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