Mindfulness Changes your Brain (Neuroplasticity)

fMRI scans reveal changes in the brain

EXPLANATION

Mindfulness thickens areas of the brain that allow us to bring our more contemplative selves to any challenge and thins areas of the brain that interfere with this process.

  • These four fMRI scans show increased (red) or decreased (blue) blood flow in someone who practices MEQ®

  • The Novice is represented only on the bar chart and not in the pictures, as you can see novices experience a much smaller median average change and in one case (c) even a negative change

  • The first scan (a) shows the part of the brain responsible for our internal narrative sometimes referred to as our 'monkey mind'. This is the constant babble in our heads that distracts us all day long. As you can see the mindfulness practitioner experiences a decrease in activity in this section of the brain. Over time this is referred to as a 'thinning' of the brain.

  • The second, third and fourth pairs (b, c and d) show the parts of the brain responsible for high use memory function, emotional stability and semantic processing respectively. As you can see these areas of the brain see a marked increase in blood flow and will 'thicken' over time

The human brain remains ‘plastic’, even in adult life, allowing it to adapt when we learn new tasks.
— Prof. Eleanor Maguire, University College London

AJ Bicât uses mindfulness and neuroplasticity (i.e. the human brain's almost unlimited capacity to adapt and learn) to revolutionize the way we work, think and think about work.