Meditation Gives Brain a Charge, Study Finds

WashingtonPost.com: “[The University of Wisconsin’s Richard] Davidson says his newest results from the meditation study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November, take the concept of neuroplasticity a step further by showing that mental training through meditation (and presumably other disciplines) can itself change the inner workings and circuitry of the brain.” This is the latest installment in the long-standing cooperation between the Dalai Lama and the international scientific community. The results of this study were actually published in November, but the Post gives this item a big spread and a lead-in from the front page of the paper edition. The print newspaper had a really neat photo of a Tibetan monk wearing a bizarre-looking network of 256 electronic sensors on his head.

This research is changing the way that the Western scientists see the brain. They now recognize that significant changes can take place well after the formative development years (childhood).