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Biotech Innovations
August 13, 2019

Meditation App Improves Attention in Young Adults

JAMA. 2019;322(6):495. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.11649

Healthy young adults had significant improvements in sustained attention on cognitive tasks after using a meditation-inspired mobile app for 6 weeks in a recent randomized clinical trial, which appeared in Nature Human Behavior.

Participants also showed increased working memory and positive changes in several neural markers of attention measured by electroencephalography. Those who played a different set of apps that they expected to produce similar behavioral improvements did not demonstrate the same gains.