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Meditating Can Change Your Brain Circuits Linked to Attention, Study Finds

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:35pm

If you're wondering whether or not you should learn to meditate and if you're trying to figure out how you'll come up with the needed 20 minutes or more a day to do it, then check out this interesting article on MSNBC.com, entitled "Meditating Your Way to a Better Brain."

This intriguing Newsweek spotlights some of the findings by veteran meditator/University of Wisconsin neuropsychologist Richard Davidson.

Indeed, as Newsweek points out, Davidson and his colleagues learned that "meditation can change brain circuits linked to attention."

The researchers' findings appear in the current issue of PLoS Biology, where they point out that the results "demonstrate that mental training can result in increased control over the distribution of limited brain resources."

They also observe that the study "supports the idea that plasticity in brain and mental function exists throughout life and illustrates the usefulness of systematic mental training in the study of the human mind."

Interestingly, this research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (SN), and gifts from Bryant Wangard, Keith and Arlene Bronstein, and the John W. Kluge Foundation (to RJD).

Well, I'm convinced to get back into meditating regularly.

By the way, if you have sugar issues, meditating is one technique that could help you to get some distance between you and your debilitating habit.

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