Category Archives: neuroscience

Intelligence linked to brain size

Not a surprising headline until you consider that Dr Erhan Genç and Christoph Fraenz at Ruhr-Universität Bochum are reported as suggesting that people with higher scores on an intelligence test were found to have smaller brain structures. […]

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Meditation can change the size of your brain

The brain is plastic, to what extend does it undergo structural changes during meditation? Continue reading

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How much does science know about meditation?

Scientific understanding of meditation and mindfulness Continue reading

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Investigating the Phenomenological Matrix of Mindfulness-Related Practices from a Neurocognitive Perspective

The experience of the meditator in meditation research Continue reading

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Challenges in Researching Mindfulness

Problems in the scientific research of meditation and mindfulness. Continue reading

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Mindfulness Practice Leads To Increases in Regional Brain Grey Matter Density

Mindfulness increases some brain matter dentsity Continue reading

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The Benefits of Being Present: Mindfulness and Its Role in Psychological Well-being

Authors: Brown KW, Ryan RM Year: 2003 Title: The Benefits of Being Present: Mindfulness and Its Role in Psychological Well-being Summary: Research assessing mindfulness practice from empirical and theoretical perspectives. In conclusion a clinical intervention study indicates a relationship between … Continue reading

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Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners

Authors: J. A. Brefczynski-Lewis, A. Lutz, H. S. Schaefer, D. B. Levinson and R. J. Davidson Year: 2007 Title: Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners Summary: With the use of fMRI it was found that people with … Continue reading

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Effects of Mindful-attention and Compassion Meditation Training on Amygdala Response to Emotional Stimuli in an Ordinary, Non-meditative State

Authors: Gaëlle Desbordes, Lobsang T. Negi, Thaddeus W. W. Pace, B. Alan Wallace, Charles L. Raison and Eric L. Schwartz Year: 2012 Title: Effects of Mindful-attention and Compassion Meditation Training on Amygdala Response to Emotional Stimuli in an Ordinary, Non-meditative … Continue reading

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Regulation of the Neural Circuitry of Emotion by Compassion Meditation: Effects of Meditative Expertise

Authors: Antoine Lutz, Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Tom Johnstone, Richard J. Davidson Year: 2008 Title: Regulation of the Neural Circuitry of Emotion by Compassion Meditation: Effects of Meditative Expertise Summary: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) investigation of the insula and anterior cingulate cortices in … Continue reading

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