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Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity (VIDEO)

 
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Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity (VIDEO)
Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity (VIDEO)
This is very interesting.
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In a video that recently aired on "Through the Wormhole" narrated by Morgan Freeman on the TV channel Science, Dr. Newberg explains that to study the effect of meditation and prayer on the brain, he injects his subjects with a harmless radioactive dye while they are deep in prayer / meditation. The dye migrates to the parts of the brain where the blood flow is the strongest, i.e,. to the most active part of the brain. The red part indicates greater activity, and in this case, increased activity is observed in the frontal lobes and the language area of the brain. This is the part of the brain that activates during conversation, and Dr. Newberg believes that for the brain, praying to God in the Judeo-Christian tradition is similar to talking to people. "When we study Buddhist meditation where they are visualizing something, we might expect to see a change or increased activity in the visual part of the brain," Dr. Newberg said.
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Re: Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity (VIDEO)
Daydreaming Boosts Creativity, Study Suggests
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Recently, a study in the same journal showed that daydreaming could also be good for your working memory (the kind of memory that enables us to think about multiple things at once, and could be linked with intelligence). Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science found that people whose minds wandered during a simple task where also the ones with greater working memory.
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