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Meditation May Sharpen Your Mind

By May 11, 2010

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Just four days of meditation training could substantially boost your brainpower, according to a new study.

For the study, researchers assigned 63 student volunteers to one of two groups: The first group underwent four daily 20-minute meditation sessions, while the other group spent an equivalent amount of time listening to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit being read aloud. At the end of the study, members of the meditation group showed significant improvement in cognitive function. In fact, those who'd been trained in meditation scored as much as ten times better on one test that involved sustaining the ability to focus (compared to those who'd listened to The Hobbit).

"Findings like these suggest that meditation's benefits may not require extensive training to be realized, and that meditation's first benefits may be associated with increasing the ability to sustain attention," states study author Fadel Zeidan.

In past studies, meditation has been found to lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and ease symptoms of depression.

May 11, 2010 at 10:27 am
(1) Sherida Toth says:

Curious as to what meditation techniques were used for this study? The study abstract didn’t elaborate on this. Different techniques yield different results as does the environment where the meditation takes place!

May 12, 2010 at 8:22 am
(2) steffen says:

I do not know if meditation has benefited so much, thank you for the info. Please check also my site at http:// ebenhaezer-cure.blogspot.com thx

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