Meditation may produce lasting improvements in the area of the brain responsible for processing emotions, new research suggests. A cohort study of 51 adults showed, through the use of imaging scans, that those who underwent 8 weeks of mindful attention training (MAT) or cognitively-based compassion training (CBCT) had a greater response to emotional stimuli in the right amygdala than those who had participated in a health discussion group. In addition, these benefits were shown when the participants were not even in a meditative state.
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