Can meditation help cognitive focus?

TEST: The study that analyses the physiological effects of different forms of meditation. - PHOTO COURTESY OF MARIA KOZHEVNIKOV

Better memory, increased alertness and reduced stress are just some benefits of meditation, practitioners said.

While meditation has many variations, coach Luke Lim explained that it is, at its essence, a practice of stilling the mind by focusing on an object or thought.

Scientific research has been done on the effects of meditation.

In one study, National University of Singapore Associate Professor of Psychology Maria Kozhevnikov measured the brain activity and heart rate of long-term meditation practitioners from Bangkok and Kathmandu monasteries.

She then had them perform a memory exercise.

While there were no significant differences in the participants' physiology before and after meditation, they were better at identifying the correct images as part of the test due to their improved cognition and focus.