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Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#1  Postby the_5th_ape » Jun 03, 2019 6:34 am

Sanskrit scholars in India learn to chant ancient texts from a tender age. They chant simple mantras, Sanskrit poetry and prose, along with memorising and chanting the most ancient Sanskrit texts, including the Shukla Yajurveda, which takes six hours to chant. While those listening to these chantings receive the gift of the sacred texts they are sharing with us, the chanting of long texNets does, in fact, have an amazing effect on the brain.

Neuroscience shows how rigorous memorising can help the brain. The term the ‘Sanskrit Effect’ was coined by neuroscientist James Hartzell, who studied 21 professionally qualified Sanskrit pandits. He discovered that memorising Vedic mantras increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function, including short and long-term memory. This finding corroborates the beliefs of the Indian tradition which holds that memorising and reciting mantras enhances memory and thinking.
Neuroscience and the ‘Sanskrit Effect’


Dr Hartzell’s research is the first study to examine the brains of Sanskrit scholars. Using structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at India’s National Brain Research Centre, they scanned the brains of 21 Sanskrit pandits and 21 control subjects.

What we discovered from the structural MRI scanning was remarkable. Numerous regions in the brains of the pandits were dramatically larger than those of controls, with over 10 percent more grey matter across both cerebral hemispheres, and substantial increases in cortical thickness. Although the exact cellular underpinnings of grey matter and cortical thickness measures are still under investigation, increases in these metrics consistently correlate with enhanced cognitive function.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26188261
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#2  Postby Hermit » Jun 03, 2019 8:25 am

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare


Wow! My cognitive function feels enhanced already.
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#3  Postby NineBerry » Jun 03, 2019 10:31 am

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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#4  Postby Svartalf » Jun 03, 2019 10:46 am

WTF is that?
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#5  Postby Evolving » Jun 03, 2019 10:53 am

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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#6  Postby felltoearth » Jun 03, 2019 10:55 am

Direct link:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... via%3Dihub

It goes without saying that the OP is pretty much bunk. The study relates to memory and structural changes in brains of those people who engage in verbal memory exercises. Interestingly, they compare the study group in India to the another group that engages in verbal memory, London cab drivers.
There is nothing in the study about chanting “helping” the brain or “improving thinking.” It’s a good how-to guide for becoming a wet ware harddrive.
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#7  Postby Spearthrower » Jun 03, 2019 11:20 am

Neuroscience shows how rigorous memorising can help the brain... learn to memorize rigorously.

And then neuroscience felt like a berk for having alighted on the obvious.
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#8  Postby NineBerry » Jun 03, 2019 11:54 am

felltoearth wrote:
Interestingly, they compare the study group in India to the another group that engages in verbal memory, London cab drivers.


But aren't all London cab drivers also Indians? :ask:
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#9  Postby felltoearth » Jun 03, 2019 11:56 am

NineBerry wrote:
felltoearth wrote:
Interestingly, they compare the study group in India to the another group that engages in verbal memory, London cab drivers.


But aren't all London cab drivers also Indians? :ask:

And who says science isn’t racist?
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#10  Postby Svartalf » Jun 03, 2019 12:10 pm

True science is objective, if FACTS are racist, so be it.
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#11  Postby Blackadder » Jun 03, 2019 12:57 pm

NineBerry wrote:
felltoearth wrote:
Interestingly, they compare the study group in India to the another group that engages in verbal memory, London cab drivers.


But aren't all London cab drivers also Indians? :ask:


Not the licenced black cab drivers (that is drivers who drive black cabs not black drivers of cabs), who are the only ones required to memorise thousands of London routes. They are overwhelmingly white.

You are thinking of minicabs, which are mostly driven by Pakistanis, using satnav systems and overly loud Pakistani music playing on the stereo occasionally drowned out by family arguments conducted by mobile phone.
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#12  Postby Hermit » Jun 03, 2019 1:07 pm

Svartalf wrote:True science is objective, if FACTS are racist, so be it.

Q1: Are all London cab drivers also Indians?
Q2: Are all London cab drivers also Indians because of racial differences?

Regarding Q2 the crap mentioned in the opening post does not even imply racial differences. It merely claims that "rigorous memorising can help the brain".
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#13  Postby Spearthrower » Jun 03, 2019 1:15 pm

Svartalf wrote:True science is objective,...


No, not really - that's an untenable metaphysical component. Intersubjective, actually.


Svartalf wrote: if FACTS are racist, so be it.


Facts can't be racist, because racism is a system of evaluation based on superiority of perceived racial characteristics.
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Re: Science Proves the Power of Chanting

#14  Postby Ironclad » Jun 07, 2019 7:24 pm

I was going to the hospital yesterday to meet my wife, outside the entrance was a lady in half lotus going, *ommm*.
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