Your Brain on Meditation – New Scans Show Effect
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A coalition of researchers from Norway and Australia have released stunning scans of the brain in a meditative state.

The coalition set out to find which method of meditation – zen, mindfulness, etcetera – is the most effective.

The researches placed meditation techniques into two main groups: concentrative meditation and nondirective meditation.

Concentrative meditation is a method which emphasises concentrating on one factor, such as breath or a thought or feeling.

Nondirective meditation is when the mind may wander as it pleases.

Read: Why Meditate? A Guide

In the study, fourteen people who had extensive experience with the Norwegian technique Acem meditation were tested in an MRI machine.

In addition to simple resting, they undertook two different mental meditation activities, nondirective meditation and a more concentrative meditation task.

The results showed that nondirective meditation led to higher activity than during rest in the part of the brain dedicated to processing self-related thoughts and feelings.

When test subjects performed concentrative meditation, the activity in this part of the brain was almost the same as when they were just resting.

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Scans showed non-directive meditation clearly had the most influence

“The study indicates that nondirective meditation allows for more room to process memories and emotions than during concentrated meditation,” said Svend Davanger, a neuroscientist at the University of Oslo.

He added: “This area of the brain has its highest activity when we rest. It represents a kind of basic operating system, a resting network that takes over when external tasks do not require our attention.

“It is remarkable that a mental task like nondirective meditation results in even higher activity in this network than regular rest.”

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3 thoughts on “Your Brain on Meditation – New Scans Show Effect

  1. The practice of meditation brings physical challenges in specific brain regions. It’s true that feelings and thoughts are fine-tuned to bring positive changes in behavior.

    Neuroscientists are working on meditation to find health benefits in the outcomes of different practice. They should also work for education whether the teaching process of classroom brings physical changes in student’s brain. In fact, teaching can’t conduct learning transfer to student’s brain. In my opinion, neuroscientists should find the truth of teaching theories in school system. Thanks for the writing about the postive benefits of meditation

      • Teaching is everything in the classroom but it doesn’t conduct learning transfer to student’s brain. Kids make brainpage at home while doing homework. In fact, learnography is the school of knowledge transfer based on the facts and findings of neuroscience.

        I have written more than 100 articles on school learnography in which the working dimensions of brain are applied to launch the learning transfer of classroom. You can visit my site to find more details. Thanks


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