Meditation changes the brain links permanently

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Frequent meditation leaves lasting mark on the activity of the brain: causing you permanent inhibits for the brain centers, fear, mental illness and attention disorders. In addition, people regular meditating, their brain areas are more closely linked to promote the conscious perception and self-control, as reported by U.S. researchers in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” Magazine

“The ability of meditation that allow people in the ‘here and now’ live, is known for thousands of years,” says lead author Judson A. Brewer of Yale University. Likewise, that the regular meditation have a positive impact on health: “It helps to relieve pain, depression and anxiety disorders, smoking  and may even prevent diseases such as shingles,” says the researcher.

Now we’ve found that meditation influences especially a central network of brain cells, the so-called default mode network. Both the activity and the links in this network are often in meditator, unlike meditation newcomers.

The results according to the researchers explain , also, why regular meditator can focus in everyday life better on a current situation or task and are more mindful. Because their default mode network is permanently linked with more brain regions of working memory, the conscious control and conflict management.”The meditation experience seems to have developed a new normal state in which there are more present-oriented and less self-centered attention of rambling thoughts,” say the researchers.

Meditation in magnetic resonance tomography

In their study, the researchers investigated the brain activity of twelve persons, who for more than ten years meditating regularly, compared with the twelve meditation beginners. All test persons turned to three different meditation techniques and were examined while using functional magnetic resonance imaging. The same study was performed in a relaxed state without meditation.

“In all test series were two centers of the default mode network in the experienced MEDITITE less active than the newcomers,” the researchers write. These centers – of the middle prefrontal cortex in the frontal lobes and the posterior cingulate cortex in the posterior part of the cerebral cortex – are responsible among other things for the processing of emotions and the control of attention

Excessive preoccupation in one’s own inner world makes you sick

Excessive activity in the attenuated regions by meditation however also has a risk factor for schizophrenia, attention disorders like ADHD and anxiety disorders. “The hallmark of many forms of mental disorder is a pathological preoccupation with their own thoughts and feelings,” says Brewer.

The study has now shown that meditation influences the mechanisms underlying these disorders in the brain. “This raises the intriguing possibility that we could alleviate ADHD and other diseases targeted by such a simple and inexpensive method such as meditation,” the researchers wrote.

Abdullah Al Abbadi

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