An American research team wanted to know if mindfulness meditation is able to improve the concentration and the memory of students, that later reflected also in their exam results. The scientists came to an amazing result.
Mindfulness meditation may improve mood, help to increased concentration and contribute to relaxation. For many years it has been successfully applied to stress, anxiety and depression. Now American researchers want to find out if regularly practiced meditation can also improve the examination results of students. They found that mindfulness meditation can positively affect both: on the memory capacity and the intelligence.
Previously, researchers were in doubt on whether meditation can significantly improve the memory actually. But now in the journal “Psychological Science” published study of the research team from the University of California at Santa Barbara which shows that this is possible. At the investigation 48 students were participated. All participants initially had pass through various tests, for example, for their ability to remember. Then half the students four times a week exercises for mindfulness meditation. The other half took part in a nutrition program, in which they were stopped, to eat healthily. After two weeks, all participants were again subjected to various tests.
Mindfulness meditation improves memory capacity.
It turned out that the examination results of the students who had participated in the mindfulness meditation improved significantly. It turned out that the examination results of the students who had participated in the mindfulness meditation improved significantly. The results of the study encountered in the professional world with a positive response. However, some researchers objected because the number of participants of the study was very small and the results should be confirmed in larger studies.
Mindfulness meditation or “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” (MBSR) was created by the American Jon Kabat-Zinn, following the example of Far Eastern traditions and today is the most evaluated form of meditation. In its main elements it consists of self-observation, breathing exercises, meditation and yoga. Rather than suppressing symptoms and behaviors or to fight, you should only be observed, but carefully, without any assessment.