Effects of Mindfulness Evaluated

Posted by juggernautPT on March 26, 2013

Effects of Mindfulness Evaluated
Effects of mindfulness evaluated

A recent review by a team at Brown University in the US has sought to understand why mindfulness (conscious awareness of current experience, body and breath) can prevent depression and reduce stress.

In their paper ‘Frontiers in Human Neuroscience’ the researchers propose that mindfulness can enhance control over sensory cortical alpha rhythms that affect how the brain processes and filters pain, memories and other sensations.

They theorise that by learning to control focus on the present moment, mindfulness practitioners can increase their control of spatially specific, localised sensory cortical alpha rhythms – or in basic terms, to control and regulate the sensations they pay attention to, so that focus isn’t slanted towards negative sensations such as chronic pain. Practitioners can also better regulate bias toward negative thoughts, as in depression.

Lead author Catherine Kerr, said ‘We think we're the first group to propose an underlying neurophysiological mechanism that directly links the actual practice of mindful awareness of breath and body sensations to the kinds of cognitive and emotional benefits that mindfulness confers.’

Source: Medical News Today

 


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