Researchers have found that just a month of meditation training alters brain wiring in ways that could open the door to new treatments for mental disorders.
They looked at the effects of integrative body-mind
training (IBMT) on two groups of university students.
physical changes in the brains of the volunteers after just four weeks, or 11
hours, of training.
Nerve fibres, known as 'white matter', became denser,
providing greater numbers of brain-signalling connections. At the same time
there was an expansion of myelin, the protective fatty insulation surrounding
The effects were seen in the anterior cingulate cortex
region of the brain, which helps regulate behaviour.
Poor nerve activity
in this part of the brain is associated with a range of mental problems,
deficit disorder, dementia, depression, and
The study built on previous research based on magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) scans that first highlighted brain changes
induced by IBMT. (MORE)
Source: Times of India