What’s This Research About?
The scientific field of exercise science has extensively examined the effect of aerobic exercise on cognition and decision making, but far fewer studies have been conducted looking at the effects of yoga on the brain. This is the first study to investigate the anatomical and functional brain differences between yoga practitioners and a control group based on a working memory test.
Previous research suggests that regularly practicing yoga improves memory. Thus, the scientists hypothesized that the brain region involved in memory, the hippocampus, would be larger in yoga practitioners than the control group.