How Meditation Helps Kids Ace Maths


It has long been known that meditation can help calm children down, but new research is helping quantify its benefits for elementary school children. A 2015 study found that fourth and fifth graders who participated in a four-month programme showed improvements in cognitive control, working memory, cognitive flexibility—and math grades. A recent study on ‘Mindfulness’ found similar improvements in mathematics in fifth graders with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These investigations illustrate how meditative practices have the potential to change the structure and function of the brain to foster academic success.


Fundamental principles of neuroscience suggest that meditation can have a great impact on cognition when the brain is in its earliest stages of development. This is because the brain develops connections in prefrontal circuits at its fastest rate in childhood. This extra plasticity creates the potential for meditation to have greater impact on executive functioning. Many parents too report on its benefits.


Source: The Times of India

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