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Meditation Activates Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Eases Anxiety

(6/11/2013)

Meditation Activates Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Eases Anxiety
Medical News Today
June 7, 2013

Scientists, like Buddhist monks and Zen masters, have known for years that meditation can reduce anxiety, but not how. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, however, have succeeded in identifying the brain functions involved.  The study revealed that meditation-related anxiety relief is associated with activation of the anterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex, areas of the brain involved with executive-level function. During meditation, there was more activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls worrying. In addition, when activity increased in the anterior cingulate cortex - the area that governs thinking and emotion - anxiety decreased.

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Keywords: meditation, anterior, cingulate, cortex, eases, anxiety



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