A 2013 study from Brown University has highlighted strong evidence that the MBSR techniques (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) of increasing attention control have measurable effects on alpha wave behaviour in patients’ brains.
Alpha rhythms are a key part of the sensory system: they’re related to how the brain processes and filters relevant/irrelevant sensory inputs.
Filtering inputs is a crucial part of higher order cognitive process such as selective attention and working memory. Both of these processes are based on a person’s ability to focus on relevant information while ignoring irrelevant information.
Without proper filtering, our ability to carry out even the most basic cognitive operations can be crippled.
MBSR has also been shown to have positive emotional benefits in those suffering from chronic pain and depression.
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