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Matthew

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Functional MRI Scanning Shows Benefits of Meditation
« on: October 12, 2008, 05:19:17 PM »
A very interesting read:

Think on This: Meditation May Protect Your Brain

"Research is confirming the medicinal effects that advocates have long claimed for meditation".

'A team of Emory University scientists reported in early September that experienced Zen meditators were much better than control subjects at dropping extraneous thoughts and returning to the breath. The study, "'Thinking about Not-Thinking:' Neural Correlates of Conceptual Processing During Zen Meditation," published by the online research journal PLoS ONE, found that "meditative training may foster the ability to control the automatic cascade of semantic associations triggered by a stimulus and, by extension, to voluntarily regulate the flow of spontaneous mentation."'

By "spontaneous mentation" I think they mean all that background blabbering that goes on in our minds.
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Hazmatac

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Re: Functional MRI Scanning Shows Benefits of Meditation
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2008, 09:54:08 PM »
good article. thank you TIB.

Rob

Flipasso

Re: Functional MRI Scanning Shows Benefits of Meditation
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008, 06:44:46 PM »
Always good to hear these kinds of good news... =)
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0003083 - here's the link to the entire article in case anyone is interested

anicca

Re: Functional MRI Scanning Shows Benefits of Meditation
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008, 11:17:46 AM »
I also like this video from Scientific American about 'Meditation Enhances Attention':
http://uploads.blip.tv/file/534995#share

Matthew

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Re: Functional MRI Scanning Shows Benefits of Meditation
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008, 12:29:08 PM »
Great video Annica thanks - and thank you Flipasso for the link to the full article.

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Matthew
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