Even Brief Meditation Improves Brain Function, Mood, Focus
Focus on this: Researchers at Texas Tech have found that as little as 11 hours –no, not all at once- of Chinese style mindful meditation causes physical changes in the brain that are associated with better moods and finer focus. A Texas Tech news release reports that researchers using MRI technologies have confirmed that even a little practice of integrative body-mind training (IBMT) results in changes in structural efficiency of white matter in the brain related to positive behavioral changes such as improved mood and better brain-signaling connections. They also found an expansion of myelin, the protective fatty tissue that surrounds the nerves in the brain’s anterior cingulate region, a region whose poor function is associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders. Read more from Texas Tech.