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Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds
Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.
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Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds
Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds

Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.

Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, nambitomo

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Power Shortages Dim Results of Many Neuroimaging Studies
Angie Voyles Askham | Mar 17, 2022
Low participant numbers render the results of many studies based on brain scans unreliable, an analysis finds.
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COVID-19 Linked to Neural Changes
Shawna Williams | Mar 7, 2022
A study that examined the brains of people before and after SARS-CoV-2 infection found a decrease in brain volume and damage to olfactory areas compared with controls.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast – Episode 5
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jun 1, 2020
Unusually Wired: Human Brains are Attuned to Appreciate Musical Pitch
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What Scientists Learned by Putting Octopuses in MRI Machines
Chloe Tenn | Jan 20, 2022
The size and complexity of cephalopod brain structures differ depending on the habitats the creatures occupy, a study finds.
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Darby Saxbe Digs into Relationships’ Effects on Human Biology
Shawna Williams | Aug 1, 2021
In her current work, the University of Southern California psychologist is examining how the transition to fatherhood affects men’s brains.
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Religion on the Brain
Emma Yasinski | Jul 13, 2021
Researchers in a small but growing field search for neural correlates of religiosity and spirituality.
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How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
Angie Voyles Askham | Jul 9, 2021
Researchers who spoke with Spectrum say that while brain imaging tools have their limitations, they still hold promise in helping to unlock the brain’s secrets. 
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Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Lisa Winter | Jun 11, 2021
The chemist refined nuclear magnetic resonance technology, giving rise to the development of MRI.
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Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain
Asher Jones | Mar 30, 2021
Researchers turned white blood cells called neutrophils into drug-smuggling “neutrobots,” which penetrated the blood-brain barrier to treat brain cancer in mice.
Curiosity and Hunger Are Driven by the Same Brain Regions
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2020
Researchers tease out the effects of the two cravings by having participants gamble for the chance to satisfy them.
Study Probes Brain Activity in Survivors of Paris Terror Attacks
Jef Akst | May 1, 2020
Those who had developed PTSD appear to be less able to suppress unwanted memories—traumatic or not—suggesting a role for the general ability to control memory recall in the disorder.
Alternate Activation of Two Brain Systems Tied to Consciousness
Ruth Williams | Mar 12, 2020
Imaging reveals how cyclical patterns of brain activity differ between conscious and unresponsive individuals.
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
MRI scans from more than 800 incarcerated men pinpoint distinct structural features of people who have committed homicide, compared with those who carried out other crimes.
Image of the Day: Brains and Braincases
Emily Makowski | Oct 18, 2019
The skull changed shape in different ways than the brain during evolution, according to a new comparative study.
New Tools in the Works to Probe Adult Human Neurogenesis
Ashley Yeager | Oct 7, 2019
Conflicting results on the existence of new neurons in adults have researchers designing new ways to identify and count neuronal progenitors—and finally get to the bottom of neurogenesis.
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Replication Refutes Study Linking Neuroimaging to Genetics
Emma Yasinski | Sep 30, 2019
The original experiment found brain activity as measured by fMRI was tied to particular genetic variants.
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Nick Turk-Browne Explores the Neuroscience of Learning
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2019
The Yale University cognitive neuroscientist studies how the brain extracts patterns from experiences.
Brain Surface Area Reveals Overlap in Genes, Intelligence, Evolution
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 4, 2019
An analysis of the contours of more than 600 kids’ brains points to links between cerebral surface area and heritability in regions of the brain important in cognition.  
Neural Patterns of Consciousness Identified
Ruth Williams | Feb 6, 2019
Imaging of the human brain reveals constellations of activity associated with conscious and unconscious states.