Mindfulness meditation has long been known as an antidote for anxiety; however, the brain mechanisms involved in meditation-related anxiety relief were unknown. On June 3, 2013 researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published a study in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience which identifies brain regions activated by mindfulness meditation. Anxiety was significantly reduced in every session that subjects meditated. Brain imaging found that meditation-related anxiety relief was directly linked with the anterior cingulate cortex, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and anterior insula. These are the areas of the brain involved with executive function and the control of worrying. Previous studies have shown that only minutes of mindfulness meditation help reduce normal everyday anxiety.
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