Originally Posted by Vragrant
Those who engage in meditation will find this useful as well. It does contribute to neuroplasticity in regions of the brain involved in executive functioning (higher order thinking) .
Dan Hurley writes on the Discover website:
“A new study, published online on June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that a form of mindfulness meditation increases both the density of axons connecting neurons, and the myelin sheaths around those axons, within the anterior cingulate, an area of the brain important for attention and self regulation.
The findings are the latest from a continuing collaboration between Michael Posner, professor emeritus at the University of Oregon’s department of psychology, and Yi-Yuan Tang, director of Texas Tech University’s Neuroimaging Institute and chair of neuroscience in its psychology department . . . They found an increase in the density of axons, the connecting fibers that extend from one neuron to another, in the anterior cingulate of participants trained in meditation for two weeks. After four weeks, the researchers also detected an increase in myelin, the protective cover that surrounds axons and permits them to function normally.
Not in this study but I have read other studies were it shows that it does have an impact on the amygdala, an area of the brain which regulates fear.
oops, is this considered a late reply?
thanks for that... i had read something similar around the same time maybe... the idea that long-term meditation strengthens 'order' in the brain.
also, the finding that young kids taught to play musical instruments develop higher brain function across a spectrum of areas, later in life.
so put 'em together, and... bam! my meditation has never been better, although to an outside listener i'm just some freak listening to the same godamn song over and over again.