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Mindfulness Reduces the Way Stress Affects the Brain

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Mindfulness Reduces the Way Stress Affects the Brain

Have you ever wondered what effect mindfulness has on our brains.  Check out this article by R.Nauert who investigates this topic in more detail.


Article by R.Nauert PhD Senior News Editor, Psych Central

For the last decade numerous studies have shown that mindfulness training can improve a variety of mental and physical health problems.

Scientists, however, were unable to explain how the meditation technique actually worked. New research resolves the question by positing that it improves health by reversing or mitigating the way stress affects brain pathways.

Carnegie Mellon University’s J. David Creswell - whose cutting-edge work has shown how mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults and alleviates stress - and his graduate student Emily K. Lindsay developed the model.

Their work, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, describes the biological pathways linking this type of training with reduced stress and stress-related disease outcomes.

“If mindfulness training is improving people’s health, how does it get under the skin to affect all kinds of outcomes?” asked Creswell.

“We offer one of the first evidence-based biological accounts of mindfulness training, stress reduction, and health.”

Creswell and Lindsay highlight a body of work that depicts the biological mechanisms of mindfulness training’s stress reduction effects.

When an individual experiences stress, activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex — responsible for conscious thinking and planning — decreases. Simultaneously, activity in the amygdala, hypothalamus, and anterior cingulate cortex — regions that quickly activate the body’s stress response — increases.

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