Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.
Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation and yoga don't simply relax us; they can 'reverse' the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radboud.
A research team, including Dr. Florian Kurth of the Brain Mapping Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found meditation may be associated with better preservation of gray matter in the brain — the neuron — containing tissue responsible for processing information.
A study, led by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), found that meditating for only eight weeks actually significantly changed the brain’s grey matter — a major part of the central nervous system that is associated with processing information, as well as providing nutrients and energy to neurons. This is why, the authors believe, that meditation has shown evidence in improving memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress relief.