YOGA, MEDITATION AND BRAIN TRAINING
05June/2015

YOGA, MEDITATION AND BRAIN TRAINING

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YOGA, MEDITATION AND BRAIN TRAINING

Biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota have revealed that longterm devotees who practise yoga and meditation can control a computer with their minds quicker than those with little to no yoga or meditation experience.This research could be promising for those who are paralysed or have neuro-degenerative diseases.

Of the 36 participants in the research, 12 had a minimum of one year experience with yoga or meditation at least two times per week for one hour. The other 24 were healthy; however, had little to no experience with yoga or meditation. Each group participated in an activity where they had to imagine left or right hand movements to move a computer cursor across the screen. A high-tech cap was worn to detect brain activity.

With increased research into finding ways to assist physically disabled individuals whose brain function remains sound, they need to uncover ways to sidestep muscular control to move a wheelchair or artificial limbs, for example. Bin He, a biomedical engineering professor at Minnesota, gained international attention in 2013 when participants of his research team exhibited the ability to fly a robot with only their minds. It was found, however, that not everyone has the ability to control a computer with their minds – it may require an undistracted mind and sustained attention, something those who regularly perform yoga
and meditation may be better trained at.

He’s ultimate goal is to assist those who are paralysed, or have brain diseases, to regain mobility and independence.

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