Mindfulness Practice Found to Increase Gray Matter Density

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21071182

Figure 2 Increase in gray matter concentration in the MBSR group from Pre- to Post-intervention in the exploratory whole brain analysis. A: cluster in the posterior cingulate cortex and cerebellum (sagittal slice at x = −2); B: cluster in the left temporo-parietal junction (peak in the middle temporal gyrus; sagittal slice at x = −52); C: clusters in the cerebellum and brainstem (axial slice at z = −28). Significant clusters within the whole brain (clusters with P < .05, corrected for multiple comparisons across the entire brain, initial voxel-level threshold of P = 0.01) are overlaid over the group averaged normalized structural MPRAGE image.

Figure 2
Increase in gray matter concentration in the MBSR group from Pre- to Post-intervention in the exploratory whole brain analysis. A: cluster in the posterior cingulate cortex and cerebellum (sagittal slice at x = −2); B: cluster in the left temporo-parietal junction (peak in the middle temporal gyrus; sagittal slice at x = −52); C: clusters in the cerebellum and brainstem (axial slice at z = −28). Significant clusters within the whole brain (clusters with P < .05, corrected for multiple comparisons across the entire brain, initial voxel-level threshold of P = 0.01) are overlaid over the group averaged normalized structural MPRAGE image.

Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density.

Source

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. britta@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

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