Meditation may aid in brain function
According to three different studies released meditation may change the brain in a way that helps boost attention. This lends credence to claims, by Buddhist monks that sitting quietly and focusing on breathing or an image helps increase attention and concentration
Harvard Medical School looked at brain parts involved in memory and attention in subjects who meditated but didn't believe in Buddhism.
- Meditators had increased thickness in those regions of the brain
- Those areas shrink as people get older, but this study found that older meditators were able to ward off some of that shrinkage due to meditation.
The University of Wisconsin conducted a study mostly of Buddhist monks, Meditation produced jump in brain waves associated with vigilance and activated brain regions involved in attention.
A University of Kentucky research found that meditation boosts performance in tests that measure attention.
- People taught to meditate did better on the tests compared with their performance after their own preparations.
- Meditation improved performance after subjects had lost a night's sleep.