A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Chris Loker

A group of Harvard neuroscientists interested in mindfulness meditation have reported that brain structures change after only eight weeks of meditation practice. After completing a mindfulness course, all participants reported significant improvement in measures of mindfulness, such as “acting with awareness” and “non-judging.” What was startling was that MRI scans showed that mindfulness groups increased gray matter concentration within the left hippocampus, the posterior cingulate cortex, the temporo-parietal junction, and the cerebellum. Brain regions involved in learning and memory, emotion regulation, sense of self, and perspective taking!

“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life.”

from The Mind Unleashed

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