Just Breathe: Body Has A Built-In Stress Reliever : NPR

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Deep breathing is not just relaxing; it’s also been scientifically proven to affect the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system.

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Brief meditative exercise helps cognition

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Psychologists studying the effects of a meditation technique known as “mindfulness ” found that meditation-trained participants showed a significant improvement in their critical cognitive skills — and performed significantly better in cognitive…

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TIME Magazine – How to Get Smarter, One Breath at a Time

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Everyone around the water cooler knows that meditation reduces stress. But with the aid of advanced brainscanning technology, researchers are beginning to show that meditation directly affects the function and structure of the brain, changing it in ways that appear to increase attention span, sharpen focus and improve memory.

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Wired 14.02: Buddha on the Brain

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The researchers had never seen anything like it. Worried that something might be wrong with their equipment or methods, they brought in more monks, as well as a control group of college students inexperienced in meditation. The monks produced gamma waves that were 30 times as strong as the students’. In addition, larger areas of the meditators’ brains were active, particularly in the left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for positive emotions.

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