Prayer Grows the Brain.

by admin on November 17, 2014

Meditation can Grow Your Brain in Just 8 Weeks

Posted: 16 Nov 2014 03:07 AM PST

by Christina Sarich
NaturalSocietyBoosting memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress 

A team of researchers led by Dr. Lazar, a neurologist and instructor at Harvard medical school, has discovered that meditating for just 8 weeks can fuel grey-matter in the hippocampus and promote brain ‘growth’.

More specifically, the practice of meditation can spark measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. For the study, 16 volunteers took part in Dr. Lazar’s ‘mindfulness’ course, with magnetic resonance (MR) images being taken 2 weeks before and after the study.

After just 8 short weeks of practicing mindfulness meditation, her volunteers showed thicker grey matter in several important areas of the brain, including the left hippocampus, a small horseshoe-shaped structure in the central brain involved in memory, learning and emotional regulation.

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