Research shows just 8 weeks of meditation studies can make y
Millions of people around the world seek mental clarity through meditation, most of them are following or inspired by the centuries-old practices of Buddhism.

A new study tracked how practicing meditation for just a couple of months changed the brain patterns of 10 students in the University's Scholars Program.

Near the beginning of the semester, the participants were taken to Cornell University for MRI scans of their brains. Investigator taught students how to meditate, told them to practice five times a week for 10 or 15 minutes, and asked them to keep a journal record of their practice.

The results, recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, show that meditation training led to faster switching between the brain's two general states of consciousness.

One is called the default mode network, which is active when the brain is at wakeful rest and not focused on the outside world, such as during daydreaming and mind-wandering. The other is the dorsal attention network, which engages in attention-demanding tasks.

The findings of the study demonstrate that meditation can enhance the brain connection among and within these two brain networks, indicating the effect of meditation on fast switching between the mind wandering and focusing its attention as well as maintaining attention once in the attentive state.

Scientific Reports