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Meditation training boosts test scores

Teaching students to be less distracted through mindfulness training can boost test scores, according to a study by psychology researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The study, published in March in the journal Psychological Science, put one group of students in a two-week mindfulness training course emphasizing good posture and meditative practice and a control group in a nutrition class.

After the courses were over, the students who learned mindfulness exercises saw their scores increase on a GRE reading exam and showed fewer signs of becoming distracted, while the control group’s scores were stagnant.