Meditation’s Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist

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“Overall, these results are consistent with the overarching hypothesis that meditation may result in enduring, beneficial changes in brain function, especially in the area of emotional processing.”

During meditation, a part of the brain called the amygdala (known for the processing of emotional stimuli) showed decreased activity. However, when the participants were shown images of other people that were either good, bad, or neutral for a practice known as “compassion meditation,” the amygdala was exceptionally responsive.”

“The subjects were able to focus their attention and greatly reduce their emotional reactions. And over an eight-week period, the participants retained this ability.

Around the same time, another group at Harvard Medical School (HMS) began to study the effect of meditation on retaining information. Their hypothesis was that people who meditate have more control over alpha rhythm — a brain wave thought to screen out everyday distractions, allowing for more important information to be processed.”

“Both studies used participants that had no previous experience with meditation.”

“Some researchers believe that meditation might be the key to help ease off dependency on pharmaceutical drugs.”

Read more here:
http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/06/23/meditations-effects-on-emotion-shown-to-persist/56372.html

Source: Harvard University

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