Zen Meditation: Thicker brains fend off pain

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 12:28 in Psychology & Sociology

People can reduce their sensitivity to pain by thickening their brain, according to a new study. Researchers have made their discovery by comparing the gray matter thickness of Zen meditators and non-meditators. They found evidence that practicing the centuries-old discipline of Zen can reinforce a central brain region (anterior cingulate) that regulates pain.

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