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Mindfulness Meditation can impact Mood and Working Memory

Posted Feb 16 2010 2:21pm

Very interesting and relevant recentIKF_CD_4 010 study on the impact of mindfulness meditation (noticed thanks to heads up by SharpBrains reader John):

Building Fit Minds Under Stress (Science Daily)

  • “high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness trainingor MTand improvements in mood and working memory”
  • The study also suggests that sufficient mindfulness training (MT) practice may protect against functional impairments associated with high-stress challenges that require a tremendous amount of cognitive controlself-awarenesssituational awareness and emotional regulation

Please note that this wasn’t a properly randomized studyso in fact much/ most of the effect may be due to the placebo effectbut still the findings seem to be consistent with a growing body of evidence on the brain-based effects of structured mental training in the form of meditation (usually mindfulness meditation).

Full study Here (opens PDF).

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