11 Hours of Meditation Can Make You Smarter
A new study suggests that just eleven hours of meditation can enhance our brains by strengthening the 'connections between the regions of the brain that regulate our emotional responses.'
Health.com has the scoop on this study, in which 45 University of Oregon students participated in either a group that did integrative body-mind training (IBMT), or a group that did relaxation training:
A comparison of scans taken of the students’ brains before and after the training showed that those in the IBMT group had increased brain connectivity. The changes were strongest in connections involving the anterior cingulate, an area that plays a role in the regulation of emotions and behavior...The boost in brain connectivity began after six hours of IBMT and became more apparent after 11 hours of practice, according to the report published in the Aug. 16-21 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Sounds good to me!