Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This simple trick will help you to concentrate when reading

rexfeatures_551159u.jpg

How many times have you settled down to read a good book, only to find your mind wandering off in different tangents?

From mentally planning to-do lists, to wondering what to cook for dinner, it can be difficult to make it through an entire page uninterrupted - particularly in our digital age of endless distractions.

However, a new study has shed light on how to train our brain to concentrate better when reading, and it appears meditation could be the key.

books

The study, recently published in the Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice journal, sent half of its participants on an intensive vipassana meditation program for a month. An ancient Buddhist tradition, vipassana meditation is focused on the mindfulness of breathing, and has been practised for over 2,500 years.

After the month of training, participants who had learnt how to meditate were better able to spot nonsense words and phrases in text than those who hadn't, indicating that their concentration had improved.

legally blonde

The authors in the study wrote, “Meditation practitioners across both studies demonstrated greater levels of error monitoring following training.

“This suggests that training group participants were more attentive to the story content and ongoing text, allowing them to better detect these salient text discrepancies.”

So next time you want to make it through a book, uninterrupted by your own thoughts, take a deep breath and try a little meditation.

Related

iStock_000078590717_Large.jpg

The most exciting new books of April

cameron diaz the longevity book ageing instagram picture.PNG

Cameron Diaz seeks to change our definitions of ageing “well”

travel planning.jpg

Your guide to the best places to travel every month of the year

rexfeatures_1668640e.jpg

Airbnb Vs hotels: the most affordable stays for city breaks

lara jade.jpg

Why are women so underrepresented in photography?

writing a book.jpg

An author reveals what it's (really) like to write a debut novel

iStock_000073088015_Medium.jpg

How living like a Danish woman made me happier

jk rowling (2).jpg

Read J.K. Rowling’s first piece in her new History of Magic series

cornwall.jpg

Britain's most enticing literary haunts to visit

Comments

More

The new cookbooks to boost your culinary know-how in 2017

Simple ways to update your kitchen repertoire

17 Jan 2017

These are the books that President Obama wants everyone to read

Bookworms, rejoice: President Obama has compiled a reading list for you

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Jan 2017

Are you ready for the Fifty Shades of Grey musical?

Theatre bosses have big plans for EL James’ book series …

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Jan 2017

15 moving books about animals to keep you on the Veganuary wagon

Keep your vegetable-consumption goals on track

by Scarlett Cayford
13 Jan 2017

Meet Daliyah, the four-year-old bookworm who has read over 1,000 books

She goes to the library every single day

by Sarah Biddlecombe
13 Jan 2017

Illustrator depicts how depression really feels in beautiful new book

“You are not alone.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Jan 2017

Watch the chilling first trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale

The upcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel has never felt more relevant

by Kayleigh Dray
09 Jan 2017

Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel confirmed to star in The Handmaid’s Tale

The real-life Rory Gilmore is headed to Margaret Atwood’s Gilead…

by Kayleigh Dray
06 Jan 2017

One book addict’s tale of 40 literary loves and fiction fails

Stylist's Jamie Klingler on the books she devoured in 2016, from the spellbinding to the over-hyped

by Jamie Klingler
05 Jan 2017

Everything you need to know about the 2016 Costa Book Awards winners

by Moya Crockett
04 Jan 2017