My research question is, assuming meditation alters brain pathways, what are the consequences and benefits of those alterations? Thus far, I have mainly focused my research on the effects in general. Everything I have found suggests that meditation brings nothing but benefits. Some of these benefits include reducing the risk of a heart attack, stroke, or death by 47% over five years of 15-20 minute daily meditation. It has been found to promote “well-being by fostering cognitive and emotional processes”. It drastically improves working memory and attention. Meditation has specifically been found to enhance four basic functions of the brain: “sustained attention, monitoring faculty (to detect mind wandering), the ability to disengage from a distracting object without further involvement (attentional switching), and the ability to redirect focus to the chosen object (selective attention).” Compared to the control group in which no meditation was practiced, these groups had drastic increases in positive areas of their life. After discovering these studies, it is becoming clearer to me that meditation is a very beneficial practice that all should look into.