research: physical effects on brain from meditation

Meditation may be more than a subjective tool for stress reduction. A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, reports physical findings in parts of the brain having to do with learning and memory processes, emotion regulation and more.

For us who have experienced chemo brain, this study is encouraging and maybe just what I needed to get my schedule of meditating back on a consistent and continuous track.

How meditation may change the brain. By Sindya N. Bhanoo. In Tara Parker-Pope’s blog, Alternative Medicine, New York Times. 1-28-2011

Britta K. Hölzel, James Carmody, Mark Vangel, Christina Congleton, Sita M. Yerramsetti, Tim Gard, Sara W. Lazar. Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. In Psychiatry Research. Neuroimaging. Volume 191, Issue 1, Pages 36-43 (30 January 2011)

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