Science of Meditation

For the first time in human history, meditation is en vogue. Apps, classes, and retreats make the once-esoteric practice easily accessible today. But what is meditation, and how does it really work?

Telles et al. (2014) published a well-designed fMRI study that examined the brain activation of experienced meditators as they progressed through the traditional stages of meditation, from random thinking to pure meditation. They found that in meditation, experienced meditators activated three areas of the brain correlated to memory…