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Monday, August 23, 2010

Meditation boosts part of brain where ADD, addictions reside

Meditation boosts part of brain where ADD, addictions reside: "

Spending some time meditating may improve the integrity and efficiency of certain connections in the brain, according to a new study. When a group of participants meditated regularly over the course of a month, brain scans showed increased nerve connections in the areas that govern reward processing and decision making. The authors of the study hope this particular kind of meditation can be adapted to help those conditions with manifestations in the same area of the brain, such as ADD, addiction, and dementia.

While the study was small in scale, the authors hope that the training might eventually be used for therapy or intervention for these conditions, as well as a general way of making people less impatient, greedy, and anxious. The experiment's results also serve as a small probe into the nature of brain plasticity, one that the researchers hope to build upon in the future.

PNAS, 2010. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1011043107 (About DOIs).

This is rather exciting, as it seems to confirm some thoughts that I've been having about my ADD over the past few months. Now to try and track down some kind of similar meditation program/instructions.


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