(HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that mindfulness meditation can help relieve pain and improve memory by regulating a brain wave known as the alpha rhythm, which "turns down the volume" on distractions.
In a small study, researchers found that those participants using meditation were better able to modulate the waves -- when they were told where to direct their attention -- after they finished an eight-week course, compared to a control group that did no meditation.
"Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall," study co-author Catherine Kerr, of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Osher Research Center at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release provided by Massachusetts General. "Our discovery that mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts." Read more...
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