Waking UP with Carolyn Craft: Train Mind Change Brain
Science writer Sharon Begley, co-author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, discusses what cutting edge science and Buddhism have in common.
Can we change our brains by changing our thoughts? Sharon Begley discusses recent experiments in neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change in response to experience) that show that the brain can change its structure and function, and even generate new neurons, well into old age. From studies performed on Buddhist monks, scientists are also learning that focused attention through the Buddhist practice of mindfulness can change the brain.