Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

Goodbye "woo-woo," hello science. 

We've curated a handful of articles below that demystify mindfulness and explain precisely how meditation supports our wellbeing – from reduced stress to boosted creativity – through the lens of science.

 

The evidence is persuasive – enough to sway even the biggest skeptic.

After exploring below, if you're still doubtful, we encourage you to give mindfulness a try for yourself...you just might be surprised.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Neuroscience reveals the secrets of meditation and the multitude of benefits for both body and mind.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN:

THE MIND OF THE MEDITATOR

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FORBES

Meditation, in its different forms, may be a powerful way to boost the types of intelligence that matter most.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEDITATION CHANGE DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE BRAIN

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. 

MINDFULNESS CAN LITERALLY CHANGE YOUR BRAIN

HARVARD GAZETTE

Participants in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appear to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

EIGHT WEEKS TO A BETTER BRAIN

MINDFUL MAGAZINE

Science has proven that meditating actually restructures your brain. Kelly McGonigal tells us about the latest research—and how to put it into practice.

YOUR BRAIN ON MEDITATION

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

Mindfulness improves brain connectivity linked to volitional attention shifting.

MINDFULNESS TRAINING OPTIMIZES BRAIN CONNECTIVITY

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Executives say meditation is not only useful as a stress-reduction tool but can also enhance creativity, opening doors where once there seemed to be only a wall.

CAN 10 MINUTES OF MEDITATION REALLY MAKE YOU MORE CREATIVE?

HARVARD GAZETTE

Researchers study how mindfulness meditation seems to change the brain in depressed patients.

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SCIENCE MEETS MINDFULNESS

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Leaders feel that the busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary approach: mindfulness.

MINDFULNESS SUBTLY CHANGES THE WAY WE REACT TO EVERYTHING

THRIVE GLOBAL

Meditation isn’t just the latest fad to be fed into the cultural what’s-in-what’s-out machine. It’s a matter of public health.

DON'T BUY INTO THE BACKLASH – THE SCIENCE ON MEDITATION IS CLEAR

THE GREATER GOOD SCIENCE CENTER

Here's what we know right now about meditation—and what we don't.

THE STATE OF MINDFULNESS SCIENCE

THE WASHINGTON POST

Harvard scientists found that meditation conclusively and positively changes your brain structure.

MEDITATION NOT ONLY REDUCES STRESS, HERE'S HOW IT CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

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