Washington: A mind that strays from the present or the one that is solidly rooted in the here and now, could be linked to the length of telomeres - the DNA caps that protect the ends of chromosomes, according to an American research. Telomeres prevent chromosomes from deteriorating or fusing with neighbouring chromosomes. They are also emerging as bio-marker for cellular and general bodily ageing.The findings suggest that those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported greater presence in the moment, had longer telomeres, the journal Clinical Psychological Science reports."Our attentional state where our thoughts rest at any moment turns out to be a fascinating window into our well-being. It may be affected by our emotional state as well as shape our emotional state," said Elissa Epel, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who led the study.
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