Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meditation’s Influence on Brain Activity

The growing popularity of meditation has stimulated scientific investigation on how the technique influences brain function.

“Given the popularity and effectiveness of meditation as a means of alleviating stress and maintaining good health, there is a pressing need for a rigorous investigation of how it affects brain function,” says Professor Jim Lagopoulos.

Lagopoulos is the principal investigator of a joint study on changes in electrical brain activity during non-directive or mindfulness meditation.

The brain always has some level of activity whether we are mentally active, resting or asleep. In the study, researchers monitored the frequency and location of electrical brain waves through the use of EEG (electroencephalography). (MORE)


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