The Science of Meditation
How can mindfulness and meditation help you?
People have been meditating for thousands of years. But while the practice is not new, science is just catching up to its benefits. Recent studies show meditation and mindfulness can have a positive impact on stress, anxiety, focus, creativity and even relationships. We’ll teach you how to meditate, what you do with it is up to you.
Research shows that meditation promotes divergent thinking, a style of thought that brings diverse elements together to
generate new ideas.2
Neuroscientists found that, after just 11 combined hours of meditation, practitioners had structural changes in the part of the brain involved in monitoring focus and self-control.4
Meditation is associated with greater relationship satisfaction and better communication during
Mindfulness helps you feel more comfortable with yourself and boosts your compassion towards others, making it easier for you to accept people as they are and, potentially, for them to get along with you too.
Headspace in the press
“Andy Puddicombe is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food”
- New York Times
- Creswell, J.D., et al. "Brief mindfulness meditation training alters psychological andneuroendocrine responses to social evaluative stress." Psychoneuroendocrinology 44 (2014): 1-12.
- Colzato, L., Ozturk, A. & Hommel, B. (2012). Meditate to create: the impact of focused-attention and open-monitoring training on convergent and divergent thinking. Front. Psychology. 3, 116.
- Ostafin, B. & Kassman, K. (2012). Stepping out of history: Mindfulness improves insight problem solving. Consciousness and Cognition. 21(2):1031-6.
- Tang, Y., Lu, Q., Geng, X., Stein, E. A., Yang, Y., & Posner, M. (2010). Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107, 35. 15649-15652.
- Levy, D., Wobbrock, J., Kaszniak, A. & Ostergren, M. (2012). The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Multitasking in a HighStress Information Environment. Proceedings of Graphics Interface. 45-52.
- Roemer, L. et al. "Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders." Current psychiatry reports 15.11 (2013): 1-10.
- Barnes, S. et al. "The role of mindfulness in romantic relationship satisfaction and responses to relationship stress." Journal of marital and family therapy 33.4 (2007):482-500.