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Meditation And The Brain
Meditation Can Increase the Brain's Grey Matter by Carla Sharetto
Meditation has been linked to structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing, according to research published in the November 2005 issue of NeuroReport.
Meditation already is known to alter resting brain patterns, which suggests long-lasting brain changes. The new study by researchers from Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows the practice also is associated with increased cortical thickness.
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Despite the small number of participants, the results are significant, maintains Jeremy Gray, assistant professor of psychology at Yale and co-author of the study.
Other forms of yoga and meditation likely have a similar impact on cortical structure, they believe, although each tradition would be expected to have a slightly different pattern of cortical thickening based on the specific mental exercises involved.
Copyright 2005 Carla Sharetto is a health journalist for Daily News Central an online publication that delivers breaking news and reliable health information to consumers, healthcare providers and industry professionals.