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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain
Buddhist and meditation teacher Tara Brach leads a Vipassana meditation group at the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda. (Andrea Bruce Woodall/The Washington Post) Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain. She explains: Q: Why did you start looking at meditation and mindfulness and the brain? Lazar: A friend and I were training for the Boston marathon. The yoga teacher made all sorts of claims, that yoga would increase your compassion and open your heart. I thought, maybe it was just the placebo response. At that point, I was doing my PhD in molecular biology. Q: How did you do the research? Lazar: The first study looked at long term meditators vs a control group. Q: What did you find? 1. 2. 3. 4. Q: So, 40 minutes a day?

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