Meditation Could Reverse Changes To Brain Caused by Mobile Phones
21st January 2018
Too much time on a mobile phone can seriously affect your grey matter – suppressing important neurons, and reducing the size of your brain in areas that affect concentration and control. Thankfully scientists have identified a way to reverse this – mindfulness.
Mindfulness can increase cognitive performance and reverse damage to a part of the brain affected by digital addiction – the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). This combination has led researchers to believe that practicing meditation could be one way to heal damage caused by excessive mobile phone use.
The ACC is the area of the brain responsible for top-down attention control. Multitaskers tend to demonstrate less grey matter in this area, making them vulnerable to distractions. To become focussed again, this grey matter needs to be repaired.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation where there is complete focus on just one thing – the breath for example. It has shown to be effective in reducing stress, improving mental and physical health, and of course, cognitive performance. It works by affecting attention regulation, body awareness, emotion regulation, and perspective of the self. The act of meditating which affects attention regulation activates the ACC, and also physically increases the cortical thickness of the brain.
ACC activation has also been associated with lower anxiety scores, which is good news for those who suffer with this symptom of digital addiction too. People who spend more than two hours a day on their phone are at more risk of suffering from anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness meditation can be as simple as sitting (or lying) down, and focussing on the in-breath and the out-breath for a few minutes at a time. Try counting during each breath to stay focussed.
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