A new study by UCLA researchers found that meditation appeared to help reduce the potential loss of the brain’s gray matter as people age.
The new UCLA Study was published in the recent issue of the online Swiss Journal titled “Frontiers in Psychology” in the “Cognition” section and part of the Research Topic Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology of Meditation states.
Areas of the brain affected by aging (in red) are fewer and less widespread in people who meditate, bottom row, than in people who don’t meditate.
Our Official Citation for the Study is: “
“Citation: Luders E, Cherbuin N and Kurth F (2015) Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy. Front. Psychol. 5:1551. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01551
Received: 23 September 2014; Accepted: 15 December 2014;
Published online: 21 January 2015.
Copyright © 2015 Luders, Cherbuin and Kurth.”
As we age, research shows that starting in our mid twenties the volume of our bran matter volume and weight starts to reduce. As the lose of Brain Grey Matter increases, it could affect certain Brain functionality.
Meditation does not stop the loss of Bran Grey Matter. The study found something rather interesting “However, the slopes of the regression lines were steeper and the correlation coefficients were stronger in controls than in meditators. Moreover, the age-affected brain regions were much more extended in controls than in meditators, with significant group-by-age interactions in numerous clusters throughout the brain. Altogether, these findings seem to suggest less age-related gray matter atrophy in long-term meditation practitioners.”
This new UCLA study seems to indicate the possibility that the long term practice of Meditation could improve the quality of one’s life into old age. By preventing Brain Grey Matter, the long term practice of Meditation could reduce negative affects on Brain functionality as we enter old age.
The authors Luders E, Cherbuin N and Kurth F (2015), of the study titled: “Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy” have graciously given permission to post the study below:
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