Meditation and Neuroplasticity: Five key articles
By Peter Malinowski | March 4, 2014
Meditation not only changes our mind but also our brain – this is what more and more neuroscientific research suggests.
Neuroplasticity – the change of brain structures as a result of experience – is considered to be one of the most important discoveries of neuroscience. Over the last 10 years evidence has been growing that not only the acquisition of navigational knowledge by London Taxi drivers (see video) or learning a new motor task like juggling (see article), but also meditation practice can lead to significant changes to brain structures. Here I respond to a recent request and list five key articles on that topic.
Article 1: Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness
To my knowledge this is the first study showing differences in brain structure between meditators and non-meditators. more...