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Meditate to overcome Distractions and Focus on the Task

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Meditation may help brain to disassociate from distraction and focus on the task at hand- study.

HeroA new study finding, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that people who meditate are likely to use their brain in ways that is difficult for others; they can tune out distractions and focus more on the given task. Experienced meditators may have less activity in parts of the brain associated with day dreaming and distraction while meditating and in their day – to-day lives.

“everybody has a default mode network( brain network) that is  also linked  to anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) and Alzheimer’s disease, however, the experience meditators have a different kind of its ”- explain study researcher Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic to webMd. Brewer also found that people who meditate regularly may have a control over their thoughts; when the activity in default mode network tend to  distract; the other part of brain that is observing the activity; would tell them to get back on task and be in the present, - WebMd.

Attentional network and Default network of the Brain

Kerr Catherine Kerr, PhD, director of translational neuroscience at Brown University, who has studied the effects of meditation on brain wave activity, explained in detail. He says -The brain has two networks, the attentional network and the default network. The attentional network is usually focused on something external, such as a manual task. The default network is involved in internal chatter and daydreaming. Usually these networks work exclusively of each other. When one is on, the other shuts down.  But meditators are using this default network in unusual and novel ways. People who meditate don't get lost in mindless negative chatter. Meditation protects you from repetitive negative thinking, which puts you at risk for depression. meditation may work like a spotlight to bring the mind's attention away from internal distractions and back to the external task at hand

"The finding sheds light not just on meditation's effect on the brain but on some basic brain operations that may have implications beyond meditation,” added Kerr.

Sara Lazar, PhD, associate scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the study is also interesting because it distinguishes meditation from rest.
Lazar and Kerr say more research is needed to determine if meditation may be beneficial for those at risk for mental illnesses or with early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

Experts say the results help explain the benefits of meditation on concentration and open the door to future research using meditation to treat and potentially prevent a variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

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News source: WebMd- http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20111120/meditation-may-help-brain-tune-out-distractions

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  • Comment Link Babak Tuesday, 06 December 2011 20:41 posted by Babak

    I agree. It is important for overall wellness and a feeling of self control. I teach a workshop called prepare for surgery, heal faster. It amazes me every time when a client tells me of the great success they have with meditation.

  • Comment Link Irene Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:12 posted by Irene

    It's so important; in fact, I taught a wellness class last night and even recommended to one of the students that he start meditating, because he told me of his problem with extensive "mind chatter"--which affects sleep, productivity, mental focus and clarity, etc.

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