The Science Behind Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness actually changes the brain. Here is the scientific research behind this fact:

 
 
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Amygdala

The Amygdala is what we often refer to as our monkey mind. It is important, as it is shown in research to perform a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making and emotional responses (including fear, anxiety, and aggression). It is often knows as the “fight or flight” center. MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice this part of the brain appears to shrink.

Prefrontal Cortex

The the prefrontal cortex is associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making. This part of the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. After an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, MRI scans show that this part of the brain appears to have thickened.

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