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New study: Expert meditators pay attention better

Posted by Nancy B.

Recent research studies have shown meditation increases gray matter in the brain, improves the immune system, reduces stress and promotes well-being. A new study adds to that body of researching by looking at how meditation affects attention. Expert meditators are better at detecting fast-changing stimuli like emotional facial expressions, says Richard Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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This study does not surprise me one bit. I really think that if people learned yoga and meditation and practiced regularly, we would have a much smaller incidence of ADD in our country. People would also be calmer and happier.
Makes sense to me. And I am in total agreement with Stephanie. It makes me so sad when I hear about young children being diagnosed with ADD and prescribed with Ritalin and other potentially harmful drugs. I think if we lived in a culture that collectively promoted stress reduction therapies like meditation, we'd see a decrease in pharmaceutical profits and discontent.
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