When we are kids, we dream of a big world for ourselves. This usually means being the best fighter pilot out there or a ton of other dreams. However, as we grow older, the real world humbles most of us! Then we start seeking a path of achieving perfection by improving concentration and making ourselves less error-prone. Researchers from University of Michigan have proven that meditation can be the difference between dreams and a real fight towards perfection.
Their new research published in Brain Sciences states that meditation results in more awareness of our neurocognitive functions. This benefit is widely associated with meditation. However, the scientists proved it with detailed mapping of brain activities with the help of EEG.
The tool is important in the medical field to understand various brain functions and is considered reliable for use. The findings revealed that meditation resulted in increased error recognition activity in the brain.
According to Jeff Lin, the co-author of the study, science has fallen behind in people’s interest in meditation. However, he discovered that a single-session of meditation can result in increased brain activity among non-meditators.
A More Optimistic Future
Jeff and other co-authors of the study William Eckerle, Ling Peng and Jason Moser recruited 200 participants for the study. They helped them engage in open meditation practice for more than 20 minutes. Later, the participants tried to solve tests designed to test their improvements.
Surprisingly, the increased activity did not result in major improvements in meditation.
However, the researchers are optimistic about their findings. On one hand, it gives credence to widely held beliefs. Moreover, it also promises new insights into meditation with deeper research into other practices.
Open meditation is one such popular meditation technique. The technique focusses on observing your spiritual reality as it is. On the other hand, other meditation techniques not studied in this research helps individuals focus objectively on specific inner activities like breathing.
Future researches may provide better insights into the inner workings of the mind, thanks to Lin and hear colleagues.