Monday, 23 March 2015

Maintaining Mental Agility with Meditation

From The Star

"According to a new study, meditation could keep your brain forever young.

Preserving the brain’s most important tissue – the neuron-rich grey matter – could be accomplished through meditation, according to a new study at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), United States.

As early as the mid-to-late 20s, the brain starts to show the effects of ageing, as its volume and weight start to dwindle.

Previous research has suggested that those who practise meditation have less age-related degradation in their white matter, so the UCLA team, whose study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, sought to build on these findings.

“We expected rather small and distinct effects located in some of the regions that had previously been associated with meditating,” says co-author Dr Florian Kurth, a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Brain Mapping Center. “Instead, what we actually observed was a widespread effect of meditation that encompassed regions throughout the entire brain...”   Read it all

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