Mar 19 2012

Washington Post: "Meditation Gives Brain a Charge, Study Finds"

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have been able to demonstrate that experienced meditators can produce highly concentrated and organized brain waves.

The results demonstrate that the current understanding of neuroplasticity can be expanded. Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin says that the, “newest results from the meditation study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November, take the concept of neuroplasticity a step further by showing that mental training through meditation (and presumably other disciplines) can itself change the inner workings and circuitry of the brain.”

FMRI studies of Tibetan monks produced gamma wave activity, the brain waves associated with high brain function, more powerful than ever previously recorded in a healthy person.

Additional articles on this topic:

BBC, Brains of Buddhist Monks Scanned in Meditation Study

MIT Technology Review, Meditation and the Brain

PNAS, Short Term memory training improves attention and self-regulation


BBC News