Meditation Increases Brain Size August 18, 2012Posted by Metabiological in Transhumanism.
Tags: health, meditation, transhumanism
Transhumanism is a philosophy of self-improvement (or at least that’s my view) and anyone who want’s to call themselves a transhumanist should be interested in constantly pushing their mental and physical abilities. I do call myself a transhumanist and as such I’m always interested in new activities that can push me to higher levels. I’ve been aware of the benefits of meditation for awhile now and while I don’t practice as much as I should I have done enough to notice the benefits of both it and mindfullness practice. Still, always nice to see some scientific justification for my anecdotal experience.
Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.
“Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being,” says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. “These findings are consistent with other studies that demonstrated increased thickness of music areas in the brains of musicians, and visual and motor areas in the brains of jugglers. In other words, the structure of an adult brain can change in response to repeated practice.”