What does meditation do to your brain?

From Prof. Steven Laureys’s Garden Talk “What happens in the brain when you meditate?
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During meditation, your brain goes through a number of changes that can have a number of benefits for your physical and mental health. Here are a few ways that meditation can affect the brain:

Reduces stress and anxiety: Meditation has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase activity in the parts of the brain associated with relaxation and stress reduction.

Increases grey matter: Some studies have found that meditation can increase the density of grey matter in the brain, which is involved in learning, memory, and emotion regulation.

Increases blood flow: Meditation has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain, particularly in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in decision-making and problem-solving.

Increases focus and attention: Meditation can help improve focus and attention by strengthening the connections between neurons in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in attention and concentration. Overall, meditation can have a number of positive effects on the brain, which have been observed during scientific research.

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