The Science of How Meditation Helps Learning
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to improve your health and well-being. It reduces stress, boosts focus levels in order for you to sleep better but did you know that it also changes how you respond to feedback?
According to a recent study, it’s found that meditation may help people learn from their successes. Feedback is an essential part of learning and growth. Without it, we would have no way of knowing how our actions impact others or the world around us.
The non-invasive method that records electrical patterns in the brain, known as an EEG is used during this study. Not every participant in the study was an expert in meditation, but it shows that those who meditate are less impacted by negative feedback as well as better able to recover from setbacks and adjust to criticism so they could make wise decisions.
Meditation has been shown to increase dopamine levels, a feel-good chemical in the brain. This is believed by researchers at UMD as being responsible for rewiring your mind so that you are better equipped when receiving positive or negative feedback – something important during any creative process.
Other ways that meditation improves you:
- Helps you filter out distractions and “thought wandering,” which improves attention
- Down-regulates stress hormones to lessen stress and anxiety
- Lowers blood pressure, which enhances cardiovascular health
- Enhances the quality of sleep by fostering relaxation