A new study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that mindfulness meditation can "tune down" the level of distractions we experience.
The study was conducted over an eight week period among 12 volunteers who had no prior experience meditating. The focus was around alpha rhythm, which is the brain wave that helps us suppress distractions.
After the study, they found that the group was able to 'turn down' distractions. They also experienced better memory recall. UPI reports:
"Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall," says Catherine Kerr, PhD, of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Osher Research Center at Harvard Medical School, co-lead author of the report. "Our discovery that mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts."
Namaste to that!