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Mindfulness improves reading ability,
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working memory, and task-focus

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If you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again — and breathe, and focus. According to a new study, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve one’s reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus. (source)

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Findings were recently published online in the empirical psychology journal Psychological Science.

Michael Mrazek, author of the paper:

What surprised me the most was actually the clarity of the results. Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering.” “Even with a rigorous design and effective training program, it wouldn’t be unusual to find mixed results. But we found reduced mind-wandering in every way we measured it.

To investigate whether mindfulness training can reduce mind-wandering and thereby improve performance, the scientists randomly assigned…

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