Quirks and Quarks

Mindfulness is popular but does it actually do anything?

This week Bob McDonald investigates whether science backs up the many claims made in support of mindfulness and meditation.

Does meditation work?

6 years ago
Duration 1:11
Does meditation work?
CBC Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald tries out meditation (CBC Quirks & Quarks)

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. From pro-sports to Silicon Valley to schools and businesses across the country.

Some claim that the meditation practice can fix everything from your immune system to post-traumatic stress.

Is mindfulness all it's cracked up to be?

We test the science behind those claims on Quirks and Quarks: Jan. 14.

Follow Bob McDonald as he tries out the Headspace meditation's app 10-day introductory session.


  • A guided meditation app 
  • More than five million users, according to the company
  • Founded by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson

Bob's brain waves are measured in a lab setting during cognitive tests. You'll hear the results from Olav Krigolson, a neuroscientist at the University of Victoria.

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