How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge 2011 | Video

Neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.


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  1. What kind of meditation is she referring to? What kind of yoga as well… Maybe it is not important, maybe it is. I see on my Facebook feed lots of people doing yoga as she says, as a form of gymnastic and that's it. Regarding meditation Mindfulness? Tibetan? Just curious, tell me about your experience if you want, thanks.

  2. What I felt when I was meditating was that I was feeling a lot more happier and I could feel lot of sensations through out my body. Stopped overthinking. No judgement issues. Acceptance and a lot more.

  3. Meditation and yoga are from Hinduism. Things greater or beyond than words. Try it even if you're from another religion. Advaita Vedanta is very deep. Go slow and then you'll catchup.

  4. So almost everything thats been practiced would somehow change our brain? Or not all the activities woufl change it, are this a big changes? S9me peolle know how valm themselves down and because of psychology studying they understand more about life and human to human relationshios. You tske an averege men and you put him under the scanner. Much more studies are needed. More grouos diferent iq levels. I would meditate and become more calm then before but its not digging deep into the knowledge about where my fears come from. I dont see how it woukd imorove me as a person not only my lifestyle needs to be improved we as a person needs to change in order to have better life. Life stays the same we just looking at it differently so I think onky knowledge and really make a men happy with himslef and life. Knowledge of his brain his body and how it all fits in the society. Just saying, interesting concepts, i want to try maditation. I woulf want more scientist to talk about it from a scientific point of view with no bias.

  5. 4:26 >>> "And this is part of the reason why, as we get older,
    it's…uh…harder to…*gesticulates*…
    figure things out and to…uh…to…to…uh…and to remember things."

    I totally identify with that. XD

  6. Nice presentation and good performance. ☺Meditation is truely beneficial in many ways. however:
    1) How is human amegdela correlated to that of a rodent's ??
    2) why is the result obtained from rodents tests compared and attributed to that of human trials ??
    In other words, how does rodent test results establish effectiveness or otherwise for human trials ?
    Please show correlation and accuracy of the correlation supporting documents.
    It is important to look at these kinds of information closely in order to avoid misunderstanding.
    Thank you for the educational video. ☺

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