Meditation and the Brain
Posted: 20 August 2010 01:39 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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This was on Science Friday today, This forum seemed the most appropriate. I will cut and paste.

http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201008203

Friday, August 20th, 2010

New research looks at the effects of studying a form of meditation on brain connectivity. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers in China and the University of Oregon describe experiments on 45 students, some of whom were taught a meditation technique known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT). The researchers used brain imaging techniques to examine fibers connecting brain regions before and after training. Students trained in the IBMT approach for 11 hours or more appeared to develop new fibers in a part of the brain that helps a person regulate behavior. Control subjects did not form the new fibers. But what does the presence of those fibers actually mean—and what is the meditation technique doing? We’ll talk about it.   
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Michael Posner
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Adjunct Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College
Professor Emeritus


University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Related Links

  * Chinese meditation IBMT found to boost brain connectivity (UO Press release)
  * PNAS: Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate

Segment produced by:Annette Heist

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Experimentation and peer review is part of buddhism, not theology. Faith is part of theology, not b… More »
Ian Smusz 8/20
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As a practicing buddhist i tend to have trouble convincing people that buddhism is not a religion, b… More »
Ian Smusz 8/20
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Your trouble convincing people that buddhism is science is probably caused by the fact that buddhism… More »
HoleyCow 8/20
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Spot on Chuck, lets first see some peer review and replication, replication, replication (what locat… More »
HoleyCow 8/20
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Mr. Posner said during the segment that the original experiment was done in China, and that it was r… More »
Ian Smusz 8/20

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Posted: 28 August 2010 03:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Interesting, thanks

My dad is a practicing Buddha, however, doesn’t really treat it as a strict religion or anything. Meditation has changed him for reasons scientific, not religious, and it will be interesting to see these studies get more sophisticated!

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Posted: 30 September 2010 12:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Meditation causes brain tumor?  Just kidding smile

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