How meditation affects people and by how much
Avery Adams
Mulgrave School
Floor Location : J 227 H

The purpose of this test is to find the effects on people from meditation by measuring blood pressure and then measuring if people have been affected and by how much.

Knowing the effects of meditation is very important because it has potential impacts on stress and brain function. Perhaps it has no effect or could be creating the opposite effect that you want.

If a person meditates for one minute, just sitting, clearing one’s mind and not thinking of anything upsetting or stressful, it will lower your heart rate and blood pressure. A person will have a better time focusing in school because meditation will help decrease the volume of grey matter in the amygdala, a main stress region in the brain. The amygdala is known as the ‘fight or flight’ part of the brain and is important for responding to anxiety, fear and stress. It is a part of the brain that is common to many animals and is critically responsible for the response to fear. It causes animals to react to situations in ways that may be out of their control. In other words, a stimulus many cause an emotional reaction to any threat, and will cause a memory to be created of those threats. The inward and outward connections of the amygdala are an important factor in understanding how emotions impact behaviour, such as how we move and what we feel.

Meditation helps with your work because it reduces stress and will help people that are over-stressed.