Meditation switches off day dreaming parts of the brain

People who are experienced with meditation can “switch off” the parts of their brain that are associated with day dreaming, as well as parts associated with mental health disorders like anxiety and autism.

Researchers conducted brain scans on meditators, and found those with the most experience in meditation had activity indicating they were more able to suppress “me” thoughts or mind wandering.

Lead author of the study, Judson A. Brewer, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University , said “…the hallmarks of many forms of mental illness is a preoccupation with one’s own thoughts, a condition meditation seems to affect.”

Read more at Yale University