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"Meditation technique helps cope with stress: study"


Source: CBC.CA

Published: 09 Oct 2021

Category: Other

Rating: (2½ stars)

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A specific form of meditation could be beneficial in improving a person's response to stress, finds a small study.
The findings are published this week in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Chinese researchers along with scientists at the University of Oregon divided 80 Chinese undergraduate students into two groups of 40 participants....

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This article is about a randomized controlled study looking at the effects of meditation on stress. While it appears to be beneficial when compared to basic relaxation training we are not sure how that benefit is properly characterized or how it was measured. We are also not sure what harm might be related to meditation or if the subjects in the study experienced any side effects. Are the 80 Chinese college students generalizable to the rest of the population. The good thing might be that the treatment is relatively rigorously studied in a simple 5-day study that shows some benefit and that it generally appears safe. Knowing how this study fits in with other research in this area would give us a better sense of context.

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