Long-term meditation is associated with increased gray matter density in the brain stem

  title={Long-term meditation is associated with increased gray matter density in the brain stem},
  author={P. Vestergaard-Poulsen and Martijn van Beek and J. Skewes and C. R. Bjarkam and Michael Stubberup and Jes Bertelsen and A. Roepstorff},
  • P. Vestergaard-Poulsen, Martijn van Beek, +4 authors A. Roepstorff
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • NeuroReport
  • Extensive practice involving sustained attention can lead to changes in brain structure. Here, we report evidence of structural differences in the lower brainstem of participants engaged in the long-term practice of meditation. Using magnetic resonance imaging, we observed higher gray matter density in lower brain stem regions of experienced meditators compared with age-matched nonmeditators. Our findings show that long-term practitioners of meditation have structural differences in brainstem… CONTINUE READING
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