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08.04.2015
Desktop users: right click on the image and choose "save image as" or "set as desktop background". A group of German researchers recently published the results of a study looking into the benefits of meditation on people with chronic neck pain. The findings suggest that meditation could be used as an adjunct alongside physical treatments that provide functional benefits. One of the most important personality traits is whether we’re optimistic or pessimistic. His next encounter was with Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, who now teaches mindfulness meditation. Professor Michael Meaney’s (McGill University) studies on mice have demonstrated that the effect of good maternal care (more contact, licking) protects rats from anxiety by modifying genes and these changes are transmitted through generations. After 7 weeks of CBM and mindfulness meditation Dr Moseley confessed he was sleeping better than he had in the last 10 years! It has been known for ages that meditation can decrease anxiety but until now the brain regions involved in the process have remained a mystery. Zeidan commented,  “Mindfulness is premised on sustaining attention in the present moment and controlling the way we react to daily thoughts and feelings. A team of researchers led by Professor Neha Gothe from the University of Illinois recently studied the effects of yoga on mental function.
They found that mental performance after yoga was significantly better for both inhibition and working memory tasks (ie. shorter reaction times, increased accuracy) than after aerobic exercise and after baseline measurements. Prof Gothe commented that, “The breathing and meditative exercises aim at calming the mind and body and keeping distracting thoughts away while you focus on your body, posture or breath. Research carried out jointly by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain revealed that participating in a day of mindfulness meditation activities reduces levels of pro-inflammatory genes. People over 50 years old were questioned and followed over several years to learn more about aging.


Being pessimistic, anxious and neurotic affects our reaction to the world but how can we objectively measure this?
The wristband measured his skin temperature and electrical conductivity which are both affected by the autonomic nervous system and so gave a good indication of his emotional state. He said that 10-20 mins of meditation a day would be enough to make a psychological and physiological difference. He repeated the tests and measurements with professor Fox and found that he now had less than 2 times more activity in the right frontal cortex than the left. Fadel Zeidan from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has recently shed some light on the process.
In part fueled by a desire to cure 20 years of chronic insomnia and to find out whether he can change his self-confessed pessimistic outlook on life. Professor Becca Levy (Yale University) analysed the data and found that it was in fact attitude that determined longevity.
Well, it’s been found that these traits lead to an increased activity of the right frontal cortex compared to the left. Dr Moseley’s baseline levels were high, suggesting heightened arousal, even though he felt relaxed. MRI studies of meditators have shown they have increased grey matter in areas that regulate emotion and increased activity in the left prefrontal cortex which is a centre for positive emotions.
Professor Tim Spector (King’s College London) has studied identical twins for over 20 years. Therefore, it’s likely that people with cognitive impairments or memory loss will benefit from meditation.
As a qualified doctor and BBC presenter I guess his pessimism hasn’t served him too badly so far! People with positive beliefs about aging live an average of 7.5 years longer than those with negative beliefs.


That’s because intriguingly, the body tells us about a change in state before the mind realises. He simply had to look at screen shots of mainly unhappy faces and spot the one happy face…repeatedly.
His reaction time was now better when preceded by a happy face than an angry face, which suggested he may be noticing more of the positive in his daily life. Their results found significant improvements in pain reduction and pain coping but no effect on functional disability. They put it into context by noting that curing cancer would only add 3-4 years life expectancy. In theory this decreases the unconscious negative bias by breaking the habit of looking for the negative.
They were taught to focus on breathing and body sensations and non-judgementally assess distracting thoughts and emotions.
So in addition to his CBM training, Dr Moseley decided to do 7 weeks of daily mindfulness meditation. Dr Moseley confided in being self- absorbed, worrying about the past, stressing about the future and as a result being unable to savour the present. The majority of the subjects displayed a decrease in anxiety of around 40% following meditation.
If they can change in one direction they can change in the other, which means we can regain control of our genes! During meditation, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (controls worrying) and anterior cingulate cortex (controls thinking and emotion) were found to be more active and led to decreased anxiety.



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