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Science proves meditation's effects on the brain by LIONEL Wijesiri , Columbo Daily News - Nov 26, 2005
Davidson concludes from the research that meditation not only changes the workings of the brain in the short term, but also quite possibly produces permanent changes.

Study: Meditation may boost brain activity by CNN, Wednesday, November 16, 2005
(CNN) -- Regular meditation has been touted as a stress reducer for years, but a recent study says practitioners benefit from a brain boost as well.

Meditation builds up the brain by Alison Motluk, NewScientist.com news service, 15 November 2005
Meditating does more than just feel good and calm you down, it makes you perform better – and alters the structure of your brain, researchers have found.

‘Buddhist Insight’ practitioners build thicker cortical regions by LIVE SCIENCE, November 13, 2005
Meditation alters brain patterns in ways that are likely permanent, scientists have known. But a new study shows key parts of the brain actually get thicker through the practice.

Brain imaging of regular working folks who meditate regularly revealed increased thickness in cortical regions related to sensory, auditory and visual perception, as well as internal perception — the automatic monitoring of heart rate or breathing, for example. The study also indicates that regular meditation may slow age-related thinning of the frontal cortex.
Meditation associated with increased grey matter in the brain by Jacqueline Weaver, Yale University, 13 Nov 2005
Meditation is known to alter resting brain patterns, suggesting long lasting brain changes, but a new study by researchers from Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows meditation also is associated with increased cortical thickness.

Loving the Lotus by Kathleen McGowan, Psychology Today Magazine
Meditation may not be so easy. But decreased heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels are just a few of the many benefits.

So why would I take up meditation? Science has changed my mind. After hearing psychologists extol benefits, I signed up at my friendly, local Buddhist center for a course on "turning the mind into an ally." I wasn't looking for enlightenment—but if meditation helps me think more clearly and improve my patience and temper, as I've read it can, that's close enough to revelation for me.
Meditation Gives Brain a Charge, Study Finds by Marc Kaufman, Washington Post Staff Writer, January 3, 2005
Brain research is beginning to produce concrete evidence for something that Buddhist practitioners of meditation have maintained for centuries: Mental discipline and meditative practice can change the workings of the brain and allow people to achieve different levels of awareness.

Meditation Lowers Youths' Blood Pressure by Miranda Hitti, Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD, December 06, 2004
Meditation Lowers Youths' Blood Pressure Middle School Students Reap Benefits Within 3 Months, Says Study By Miranda Hitti on Monday,

MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDITATION BRINGS BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN by Becky Ham, Science Writer, Health Behavior News Service, Dec. 3, 2004
Twenty minutes of daily meditation helped middle schoolers lower their blood pressure and heart rate, a new study from the state of Georgia concludes.

Students who used a simple concentration-based breathing mediation technique significantly reduced their resting and “active” blood pressure, according to Frank A. Treiber, Ph.D., and colleagues at the Medical College of Georgia. Their findings appear in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Meditation may help lower blood pressure by www.patienthealthinternational.com, 14 April 2004
Fifteen minutes of transcendental meditation twice a day may help to lower high blood pressure, US research results indicate.

While acknowledging that the underlying mechanisms are unclear, lead researcher Dr Vernon Barnes, from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, said: "Allowing your mind to go to that state of inner quietness and be there for some time has an effect on the physiology by reducing stress hormone levels like cortisol, and reducing activation of the sympathetic nervous system that controls the fight-or-flight response."
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