Recent studies of the brain show that basic meditation thickens parts of the cerebral cortex involved in decision making. While Tibetan monks demonstrated the greatest deviations from normal, researchers found a forty minute practice of focused meditation still produced significant results in test subjects. Further research compared psychomotor skills between people watching television, napping and meditating. The test involved checking response times to visual stimuli. Interestingly, the nappers performed worse than TV viewers while meditators were dramatically faster. As the findings in transcendental activities have accumulated over the years, what other ancient remedies and practices, like meditation, are re-emerging with new mainstream vigor?
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