“Improving our focus helps us to listen, pay attention, and manage our thoughts, emotions and impulses”–Paul Ebeling
We all make mistakes, but research suggests that those who meditate regularly may make fewer than the rest of us. The study, published by Michigan State University in the United States, found that meditation could help a person to become less prone to making errors.
According to one of the researchers, the interest in mindfulness and meditation is outpacing what can be proved by science with regards to benefits and effects. He found it amazing that just 1 session of guided meditation can produce brain activity changes in individuals who had never meditated before.
The study results indicate that various types of meditation can produce different neurocognitive effects. Certain types of meditation focus on just 1 object, usually the breath, open-monitoring meditation is however slightly different.
It requires focusing inward on everything happening in the body and mind. The objective is to be seated quietly and be aware of where the mind is traveling without getting too involved in the details.
More than 200 individuals were recruited for testing how open-monitoring meditation impacted how they detected and responded to errors. The individuals were guided through 20 minutes of open-monitoring meditation while activity in the brain was measured through electroencephalography. A computerized distraction test was then completed by the participants.
The electroencephalography can determine activity in the brain at the millisecond level, so exact neural activity measures were obtained immediately after mistakes in comparison to correct responses.
A certain neural signal happens approximately half a sec following an error which is known as the error positivity and is associated with conscious error recognition. The researchers discovered that this signal strength was increased after the meditation session.
The study results demonstrate what meditating for just 20 mins can do for enhancing the ability of the brain in detecting and paying attention to mistakes.
Far from a new age trend, meditation has been proven to provide a variety of physical and mental health advantages including enhancing our concentration, reducing stress, managing pain, lowering your overall blood pressure and even helping to improve our sleep.
According to a study done by the National Institute of Health, there have been observed correlations between lucid dreaming and long-term meditation. Common benefits include particularly heightened states of awareness and decentering facets of mindfulness. These side effects of lucid dreams could allow individuals to manage anxiety with further efficiency, and enable you to better relax and rest at the end of the day.
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