Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Maybe that Darned Dalai Lama is on to Something

New Scientist just summarized two recent and interesting studies involving meditation:

  • The first study found that meditation improves mental acuity, especially if the subject is sleep-deprived.
  • The second study found that meditation increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex in "areas involved in attention and sensory processing". The increased thickness is not due to addition of neurons but rather to increased venation and neural interconnection.

I guess I'd better quit writing this entry and do some meditating. And maybe I'll give Tenzin Gyatso a call.

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