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Mindfulness Meditation can impact Mood and Working Memory

Very inter­est­ing and rel­e­vant recentIKF_CD_4 010 study on the impact of mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion (noticed thanks to heads up by Sharp­Brains reader John):

Build­ing Fit Minds Under Stress (Sci­ence Daily)

  • high-stress U.S. mil­i­tary group prepar­ing for deploy­ment to Iraq has demon­strated a pos­i­tive link between mind­ful­ness train­ing, or MT, and improve­ments in mood and work­ing memory”
  • The study also sug­gests that suf­fi­cient mind­ful­ness train­ing (MT) prac­tice may pro­tect against func­tional impair­ments asso­ci­ated with high-stress chal­lenges that require a tremen­dous amount of cog­ni­tive con­trol, self-awareness, sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and emo­tional regulation

Please note that this wasn’t a prop­erly ran­dom­ized study, so in fact much/ most of the effect may be due to the placebo effect, but still the find­ings seem to be con­sis­tent with a grow­ing body of evi­dence on the brain-based effects of struc­tured men­tal train­ing in the form of med­i­ta­tion (usu­ally mind­ful­ness meditation).

Full study Here (opens PDF).

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