Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 23, 2012
For years, meditation has been shown to increase the well-being of chronic sufferers of pain and other afflictions which western-medication is unable to remedy. However, recent research conducted at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging as well as an in-depth report posted at popular health and wellness online portal BeWellBuzz.com, has confirmed a link between the holistic pain methodology of the far east and increased learning capabilities.
In the April 21, 2011 edition of the medical journal Brain Research Bulletin, it was reported that researches at MIT found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms. “These activity patterns are thought to minimize distractions, to diminish the likelihood stimuli will grab your attention,” says Christopher Moore, an MIT neuroscientist stated. “Our data indicate that meditation training makes you better at focusing, in part by allowing you to better regulate how things that arise will impact you.”
The discovery of alpha rhythms convinced the Assistant Professor of UCLA’s Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Eileen Lunders to embark on a study to determine a potential link between these alpha rhythms and increased learning capacity. It was also found out in this study that there was a deep connection between this processing of information faster (called gyrification in medical terms) and years of meditation. This research was written in the online edition of the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
In medical terms, meditation folds the cortex which is the outmost layer of the neural tissue. This cortex plays a central role in memories, attention, thought and consciousness. The folding of the cortex creates narrow furrows and folds in the brain called sulci and gyri which ultimately stimulates mind processing tenfold. The more you meditate, the more the folding action will occur causing a boost in your memorizing skills, decision making, solving complex problems etc.
To confirm their research, Luders and the team carried out an experiment with 50 meditators, out of which 28 were men and 22 women and compared them to non-meditators of the same characteristics. The meditators were meditating for 20 years using various meditating practices like Samatha, Vipassana and Zen. There was a huge difference between the different parts of the cortex suggesting that the longer a person meditates, the more the folding occurs, and the more the mind gets active and disciplined.
Further research has been conducted to facilitate an increased desire to perform clinical research into this important discover. There results of these studies are posted at the article posted at BeWellBuzz.com. To read more about this discovery and the extended research conducted, please visit the link to the article at BeWellBuzz.com posted below.
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