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Connecticut Valley Hospital
(860) 262-5000
Silver Street
Middletown, CT
Connection House
(860) 343-5512
167 Liberty Street
Middletown, CT
Rushford Center Inc
(860) 346-0300
1250 Silver Street
Middletown, CT
Connection Counseling Center
(860) 343-5510
196 Court Street
Middletown, CT
Detox Center in New Haven
(203) 781-4600
1 Long Wharf Dr # 321
New Haven, CT
Gerson Marc Sternstein
(860) 893-0040
26 Chamberlain Hwy
Kensington, CT
Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine

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Wakeman Hall at the Childrens Ctr of
(203) 248-2116x341
1400 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
Connection Inc
(860) 343-5513
99 Eastern Drive
Middletown, CT
Connecticut Counseling Centers Inc
(203) 755-8874
4 Midland Road
Waterbury, CT
Saint Marys Hospital
(203) 709-6201
100 Jefferson Square
Waterbury, CT
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Meditation builds strong brains

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By Megan Keough

Apparently, people who meditate are a bit thickheaded—in a good way of course. A new study led by Massachusetts General Hospital shows that the regular practice of a particular form of meditation appears to thicken areas of the brain associated with attention and sensory processing.

Brain scans of experienced, frequent meditators showed thickening in the insula, an area of the cortex involved in the integration of emotion with thought. Most of the structural changes occurred in the right hemisphere of the brain, in the prefrontal cortex, which regulates memory and attention. This area tends to thin as we age, and yet the thickening was more pronounced in older practitioners. According to Sara Lazar, PhD, the study’s lead author, this evidence suggests that meditation may slow down the atrophy of certain areas of the brain that typically occurs with age.

Perhaps even more interesting, you needn’t don robes and retire to a cave somewhere to achieve these results. Instead of scanning the brains of Buddhist monks who devote their lives to meditation, researchers enrolled 20 people who averaged nine years of experience and about 40 minutes a day meditating. (Fifteen people with no experience in meditation formed the control group.) Those participants who meditated most deeply—as measured by breathing rates—showed the greatest changes in their brains, which suggests that meditation caused the thickening, as opposed to the thickening indicating a predisposition to meditate.

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