The science of meditation: what are the benefits?



The science of mindfulness and meditation has attracted a lot of attention in the last couple of decades. In this video, we take a look at what the meditation research is pointing toward and reflect on the role of science in the context of mindfulness and meditation.

Scientifically validated benefits include:
– Decreased stress levels
– Reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, pain & insomnia
– Increased overall quality of life
– Enhanced ability to pay attention
– Improved immune function
– Prevent cognitive deterioration
– Increased capacity for empathy and perspective taking


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FURTHER RESOURCES:

– Fieldbook for Mindfulness Innovators (by The Mindfulness Initiative): https://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org/fieldbook-for-mindfulness-innovators

Videos and referenced studies:

– Dr. Dan Siegel- On Integrating the Two Hemispheres of Our Brains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPjhfUVgvOQ&t=5s
– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Veterans JAMA https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2422542?utm_campaign=video&utm_medium=social&utm_source=youtube&utm_content=public
– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for PTSD Among Veterans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj1CeyXPO9Y
– How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc&t=392s
– Meditation’s Impact on the Brain | Documentary Clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3neFV38TJQ
– Sara Lazar – How Meditation Changes the Brain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOIwtTmpc-I
– The Scientific Power of Meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw71zanwMnY
– Crash Course: Understanding Brain Waves | Dr. Joe Dispenza https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7v9InRW9wk

Indexes that bring together published papers

– PyscINFO (American Psychological Association)
– PubMed (US National Library of Medicine)

Research archives:

– https://www.deepdyve.com/
– https://mindrxiv.org/

Research subscriptions:

– https://goamra.org/
(American Mindfulness Research Association)

Publications:

– https://www.mindful.org/

Other helpful resources:

– National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Research Results https://www.nccih.nih.gov/research/research-results
– ISCMR Research Resources https://www.iscmr.org/content/research-resources
– Greater Good Science Center https://greatergood.berkeley.edu
– Center for Healthy Minds https://centerhealthyminds.org/science/research
– Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) https://casel.org/research/

Image credit:

– Amygdala: https://jurassicparliament.com/avoiding-amygdala-hijack/
– Insula: https://www.kenhub.com/en/library/anatomy/topography-of-the-cerebral-hemispheres
– Neuroplacticity: https://renewyourmind.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/neuroplasticity-1024×535.jpg
– Telescope: http://coolwallpaper786.blogspot.com/2011/06/galileo-galilei-telescope.html


Intro: (0:00​​)
Overview of research results (2:05​​)
A deep dive: (2:35)
Beyond science: (8:25​​)
The role of science: (10:18​​)
Doing “the work”: (11:19​​)

Source: Youtube