Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 191(1), 36-43. Hölzel, B.K., et al. (2011).

This report presents a study on the lesser known changes in neural mechanisms as a result of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is one of the most widely used mindfulness training programs and has been reported to produce positive effects on psychological wellbeing and to ameliorate symptoms of a number of disorders. The results of the longitudinal controlled study investigating anatomical magnetic resonance imaging suggest participation in MBSR increase gray matter concentration in brain regions associated with learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking.

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