In a recent study published in the medical journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, senior author Sara Lazar of Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital claims that over time meditation may produce changes to the brain’s grey matter.
Why is this important? Because increased grey matter can mean positive changes in learning, memory, anxiety, self-awareness and compassion to people who adopt meditation.
The eight week study seems consistent with many meditation practitioners who claim that a regular meditation practice can have cognitive as well as psychological benefits.
Lazar and colleagues studied magnetic resonance images of the brain structure of 16 study participants two weeks before and after they took part in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program involving daily sessions averaging 27 minutes as well as images of the brains of a matched control group of non-meditators.
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