WELLNESS
05/19/2015 05:20 pm ET Updated May 19, 2015

Neuroscience Reveals That Long-Term Meditation May Increase Brain Function

If you're looking for yet another reason to dedicate yourself to a consistent meditation practice, consider the big neurological benefits it may offer you down the road.

Over the years, research has suggested that moments of mindfulness can help improve concentration, reduce stress and boost happiness, which benefits the mind, body and spirit. Wendy Suzuki, neuroscientist and author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life, joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to talk about how mediation can also increase brain function.

"We know from the studies of Tibetan monks that there are profound effects of long-term meditation, and they found those profound effects on the general patterns of electrical activity that you can measure from the scalp," said Suzuki. "This is called electroencephalography. What happens in people that are long, long-term meditators is that their patterns of electrical activity start to have particular frequencies of activity, called gamma waves. We associate them very vaguely with higher cognitive function, but what's clear is that when you do a lot of meditation, you move your brain into that state."

Watch the full conversation in the HuffPost Live video above to hear more about how meditation affects the brain.

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