To appreciate the science of meditation it is important to first have a basic understanding of the brain and the electrical patterns or “brainwaves” the brain produces. Brainwaves are produced in the cerebral cortex, which is the cerebrum’s (brain’s) outer layer. Differing brainwave patterns reflect different states of consciousness ranging from highly alert, through to [...]
Researchers reveal that human brain has at least 180 different regions, confirming the existence of 83 known regions and adding 97 new ones. Scientists at Washington University in St Louis created the map by combining highly-detailed MRI scans from 210 healthy young adults who had agreed to take part in the Human Connectome Project, a massive effort [...]
Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. Read more...
Almost everywhere you turn you hear of the benefits of mindfulness. It’s being used in therapy and as a way to manage stress in a wide range of areas. But modern mindfulness has ancient Buddhist roots. Long-term Buddhist meditators and neuroscientists are now getting together to share the experience and the science of meditation. We [...]
A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Harvard Medical School-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University, and several other research [...]