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Evidence Builds That MeditationStrengthens the Brain
« on: 17 March 2012, 07:32:05 AM »
ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2012) — Earlier
evidence out of UCLA suggested that
meditating for years thickens the
brain (in a good way) and strengthens
the connections between brain cells.
Now a further report by UCLA
researchers suggests yet another

 Eileen Luders, an assistant professor
at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro
Imaging, and colleagues, have found
that long-term meditators have larger
amounts of gyrification ("folding" of
the cortex, which may allow the brain
to process information faster) than
people who do not meditate. Further,
a direct correlation was found
between the amount of gyrification
and the number of meditation years,
possibly providing further proof of the
brain's neuroplasticity, or ability to
adapt to environmental changes.
The article appears in the online
edition of the journal Frontiers in
Human Neuroscience.
The cerebral cortex is the outermost
layer of neural tissue. Among other
functions, it plays a key role in
memory, attention, thought and
consciousness. Gyrification or cortical
folding is the process by which the
surface of the brain undergoes
changes to create narrow furrows and
folds called sulci and gyri. Their
formation may promote and enhance
neural processing. Presumably then,
the more folding that occurs, the
better the brain is at processing
information, making decisions,
forming memories and so forth
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