Meditation Boosts Brain Connectivity

New research shows that lack of good brain connectivity, which is associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders, can be mitigated by meditation.

Integrative body-mind training (IBMT) is the form of meditation that a team of Chinese researchers led by Yi-Yuan Tang of Dalian University of Technology in collaboration with University of Oregon psychologist Michael I. Posner tested in their resesarch. “The importance of our findings relates to the ability to make structural changes in a brain network related to self regulation,” explained Posner. “The pathway that has the largest change due to IBMT is one that previously was shown to relate to individual differences in the person’s ability to regulate conflict.” “We believe this new finding is of interest to the fields of education, health and neuroscience, as well as for the general public,” Tang said.