Magazine article Work & Family Life

Measuring the Impact of Meditation

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Measuring the Impact of Meditation

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A great many people can personally attest to the helpfulness of meditation in their own lives. They often say they feel calmer, more focused and more energetic after meditating. But could these described benefits actually be measurable?

So it would seem, based on a recent study led by Prashant Kaul, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky and presented at a conference of the Society of Neuroscience.

Professor Kaul put together a group of student volunteers who did not meditate and, in a couple of short sessions, taught them the basics of meditation. Then, over a period of several weeks, he tested the students on a variety of skills such as their reaction time.

The testing was done in the mid- to late afternoon, when people tend to be sleepiest. The students were tested both before and after 40 minutes of either meditating, napping, exercising or after taking caffeine. …

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