This is the abstract of the report, which I have reworded in places to make it more accessible to the lay reader – the bottom line is that there was significant beneficial change to brains from Mindfulness training..
A total of 27 out of 30 Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients completed a randomized controlled longitudinal trial. Fourteen of those patients participated in a structured eight-week program of mindfulness-based intervention (MBI). Thirteen patients received usual care (UC) alone. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data sets of the brain were obtained at the start and after eight weeks as a follow-up. The resulting difference maps were analyses and statistically compared to examine grey matter density (GMD) differences.
Increased brain density was found in the mindfulness group compared to the usual care group in more than one brain area of particular interest in the context. Whole brain analysis showed increased GMD in eight brain areas, while in contrast, GMD differences were found in the non-mindfulness group in just two areas.
To the best of the author’s knowledge this is the first quantitative analysis of neurobiological effects of Mindfulness Based Intervention in Parkinson’s Disease. Increased GMD was found in the mindfulness group in the neural networks that have been postulated to play an important role in PD. These areas have also been implicated in the functional networks mediating the benefits of meditation.
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