A study done at the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University found that meditation can help make fewer mistakes. Research published in the journal Brain Sciences found that the “mindfulness meditation” type of meditation alters brain activity.
The effects of meditation types on brain structure and functions are revealed by new research. The study, which examines mindfulness meditation, also known as “mindfulness meditation”, revealed the differences between those who meditate and those who do not. Mindfulness meditation in its simplest definition; Unlike the type of meditation that brings the attention to an internal or external focus, such as an object, word, breath, or sound, it is practiced by bringing attention to what is happening without direction. As opposed to focusing attention on an object, it is practiced as a meditation practice aimed at being open and observant to what is around. Observing the thoughts, emotions, memories, sounds, smells and body feelings that have been realized since meditation is done only by bringing awareness and remaining observant to every new thought that appears. Noticing and observing and being present as they happen, rather than being caught in a thought or emotion, are the most fundamental points of this type of meditation.
Different types of meditation affect different cognitive functions. Although it is not yet known exactly how meditation produces these effects, studies have proven that different types of meditation are linked to the neural structures and electrical activities of the brain. The meditation technique, which is the subject of the research, is applied by sitting quietly, going inside, being aware of everything in the mind and body, and observing. Researchers from Michigan State University designed a study to test how people who practice this type of meditation perceive and respond to mistakes.
Brain activities of the participants who had never meditated before were measured during the 20-minute meditation. The brain scan performed during meditation showed that the brain’s ability to recognize the error was higher. In other words, the brain’s ability to detect errors was found to be higher in those who meditated. Moreover, 20 minutes of meditation is enough for this. A new one has been added to the scientific studies that mindfulness meditation increases brain performance. Studies are ongoing for the effects of meditation on brain functions such as memory and its positive changes in the brain.
Co-author Yanli Lin is a researcher who takes a neuroscience approach to examine the psychological and brain performance effects of meditation. One of his new goals is to investigate whether the changes meditation makes in brain activity cause behavioral changes in people who meditate for a long time.
Compiled and translated by: Senem Tahmaz
Michigan State University. (2019) “How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes: Meditating just once proves to make a difference.” Şuradan alındı: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191111124637.htm
Pocket Mindfulness (2019) “Focused Attention vs. Open Awareness Meditation – What’s the difference?” Şuradan alındı: https://www.pocketmindfulness.com/focused-open-meditation/