Monday, September 27, 2010

Meditation Proven to Boost Brain Efficiency

"Mind over body" has long been a theme of eastern philosophy, prompting followers to spend long hours acquiring a quieter state of mind. The trend, however, has been more a psychological draw than a medical treatment since there was no uncontested proof that meditation does anything more than change one's "state of mind." Now researchers in the U.S. and China have verified that meditation actually makes changes inside the brain--and not just after years of practice, but in only six hours. Look for meditation to become a bonafide medical treatment for maladies like "stress" over the rest of the decade. RColinJohnson @NextGenLog

After just eleven hours of guided meditation increases in fiber strength (colored) can be measured in the anterior cingulate cortex.
Here is what Smarter Technology says about meditation: Meditation was once the domain of fringe groups bent on instilling life-changing attitudes into their inductees by getting them to slow down, take deep breaths and let the stress melt away. Unproven until now, Chinese and U.S. researchers claim to have scientific evidence that guided meditation introduces positive structural changes in the brain, which help people regulate goal-oriented behaviors without all the stress.

University of Oregon professor Michael Posner receiving the National Medal of Science from President Obama last year.
University of Oregon psychologist Michael I. Posner, found that just 11 hours of guided meditation is all you need to make positive structural changes in your brain. Their technique, called integrative body-mind training (IBMT), has been developed in China over the last two decades, but finally its positive benefits have been measured with the help of brain-imaging technology...
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