Better brain training with meditation

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Better brain training with meditation

2015-05-16 17:44:20

Six hundred years before Christ, Gautama Buddha changed the old Indian attention and deep thought practice, known as meditation. He made the new meditation an important step on the Noble Eightfold Path, which leads to the mind enlightenment. Today we have a strong proofs, that regular meditation practice truly changes brain and let mind be more and more open.

How to meditate

While you meditate, some parts of your brain put in operation. Neuroimaging observations of persons brains show clearly, that meditators have some brain areas thicker or different in comparison with persons, who don't meditate. It covering areas responsible for memory and feeling regulation (Fox et al., 2014).

Different brain means different mind. In 2012 scientists put into print the good paper, which have a look into almost all earlier works in science about psychological effects of meditation. They discovered that meditation has a strong, certain effect on person's feelings, medium effect on attention and small but clear effect on memory and intelligence. In short: meditation makes you and your brain better (Sedlmeier et al., 2012; Chiesa et al., 2011; Goyal et al., 2014; Chiesa & Serretti, 2011).

Practice of meditation may helps the two, young learners and older persons. Meditating learners have better degrees and in addition they feel better (Waters et al., 2015). Regular meditation through lifetime seems to keep the brain from becoming old (Marciniak et al., 2014; Gard et al., 2014a).

Meditation is very effective in combination with body exercise. There are two or three form of old body-mind training systems, like soft tai chi and complex hatha yoga. We know for now, that tai chi probably helps older persons, by make their executive functions and overall cognitive functions better (Wayne et al., 2014). Yoga is even better, because it combines the different forms of physical exercise, heart training, strength training, breath, stretching and balance training in middle to very strong system and such physical training make the complete body and brain quite better and healthier. It is not surprising then, that regular yoga with meditation helps persons to be younger and brighter for a longer time (Gard et al., 2014b).

As you may see, there are enough proofs, that meditation make the quality of life better and in addition it make your mind better too. Do one's best with your computerized brain training on Brain Scale and attempt to meditate for 15-20 minutes right before or right after your daily brain training. If you don't know how to meditate, look at the picture on the top of the post or ask in the comment below.

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References

Chiesa, Alberto, and Alessandro Serretti. "Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for psychiatric disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Psychiatry research 187.3 (2011): 441-453.

Chiesa, Alberto, Raffaella Calati, and Alessandro Serretti. "Does mindfulness training improve cognitive abilities? A systematic review of neuropsychological findings." Clinical psychology review 31.3 (2011): 449-464.

Gard, Tim, Britta K. Hölzel, and Sara W. Lazar. "The potential effects of meditation on age‐related cognitive decline: a systematic review." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1307.1 (2014a): 89-103.

Gard, Tim, et al. "Fluid intelligence and brain functional organization in aging yoga and meditation practitioners." Frontiers in aging neuroscience 6 (2014b).

Goyal, Madhav, et al. "Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis." JAMA internal medicine 174.3 (2014): 357-368.

Fox, Kieran CR, et al. "Is meditation associated with altered brain structure? A systematic review and meta-analysis of morphometric neuroimaging in meditation practitioners." Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 43 (2014): 48-73.

Marciniak, Rafał, et al. "Effect of meditation on cognitive functions in context of aging and neurodegenerative diseases." Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience 8 (2014).

Sedlmeier, Peter, et al. "The psychological effects of meditation: a meta-analysis." Psychological bulletin 138.6 (2012): 1139.

Waters, Lea, et al. "Contemplative education: A systematic, evidence-based review of the effect of meditation interventions in schools." Educational Psychology Review (2014): 1-32.

Wayne, Peter M., et al. "Effect of Tai Chi on Cognitive Performance in Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 62.1 (2014): 25-39.


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