Your Brain on Meditation – New Scans Show Effect
A coalition of researchers from Norway and Australia have released stunning scans of the brain in a meditative state.
The coalition set out to find which method of meditation – zen, mindfulness, etcetera – is the most effective.
The researches placed meditation techniques into two main groups: concentrative meditation and nondirective meditation.
Concentrative meditation is a method which emphasises concentrating on one factor, such as breath or a thought or feeling.
Nondirective meditation is when the mind may wander as it pleases.
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In the study, fourteen people who had extensive experience with the Norwegian
In addition to simple resting, they undertook two different mental meditation activities, nondirective meditation
The results showed that n
When test subjects performed concentrative meditation, the activity in this part of the brain was almost the same as when they were just resting.
“The study indicates that nondirective meditation allows for more room to process memories and emotions than during concentrated meditation,” said Svend Davanger, a neuroscientist at the University of Oslo.
He added: “This area of the brain has its highest activity when we rest. It represents a kind of basic operating system, a resting network that takes over when external tasks do not require our attention.
“It is remarkable that a mental task like nondirective meditation results in even higher activity in this network than regular rest.”
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