Meditation Associated With Better Brain Connections15 July, 2011 at 09:06 | Posted in meditation, Science, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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Meditation may increase connectivity between different parts of the brain and reduce brain shrinkage due to aging, suggests a study from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Eileen Luders and colleagues compared the brain activity of 27 meditation practitioners versus 27 control participants matched in age and gender, using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a contemporary imaging method that reveals structural connectivity in the brain.
The meditators had been practicing for 5 to 46 years, using various styles, and had an average age of 52.
The researchers found various differences between the brains of the two groups, namely large-scale networks across various brain regions, including the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes, the anterior corpus callosum, and the brain stem.
“Our results suggest that long-term meditators have white-matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated throughout the brain,” said Luders in a press release.
“We also found that the normal age-related decline of white-matter tissue is considerably reduced in active meditation practitioners.”