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Nondirective meditation activates default mode network and areas associated with memory retrieval and emotional processing

Overview of attention for article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, January 2014
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9 news outlets
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9 blogs
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55 tweeters
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10 Facebook pages
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1 Wikipedia page
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6 Google+ users
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Title
Nondirective meditation activates default mode network and areas associated with memory retrieval and emotional processing
Published in
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, January 2014
DOI 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00086
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Authors

Jian Xu, Alexandra Vik, Inge R. Groote, Jim Lagopoulos, Are Holen, Øyvind Ellingsen, Asta K. Håberg, Svend Davanger

Abstract

Nondirective meditation techniques are practiced with a relaxed focus of attention that permits spontaneously occurring thoughts, images, sensations, memories, and emotions to emerge and pass freely, without any expectation that mind wandering should abate. These techniques are thought to facilitate mental processing of emotional experiences, thereby contributing to wellness and stress management. The present study assessed brain activity by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in 14 experienced practitioners of Acem meditation in two experimental conditions. In the first, nondirective meditation was compared to rest. Significantly increased activity was detected in areas associated with attention, mind wandering, retrieval of episodic memories, and emotional processing. In the second condition, participants carried out concentrative practicing of the same meditation technique, actively trying to avoid mind wandering. The contrast nondirective meditation > concentrative practicing was characterized by higher activity in the right medial temporal lobe (parahippocampal gyrus and amygdala). In conclusion, the present results support the notion that nondirective meditation, which permits mind wandering, involves more extensive activation of brain areas associated with episodic memories and emotional processing, than during concentrative practicing or regular rest.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 4%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 228 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 51 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 49 20%
Student > Master 40 16%
Student > Bachelor 32 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 6%
Other 48 19%
Unknown 14 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 96 39%
Medicine and Dentistry 29 12%
Neuroscience 26 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 10%
Engineering 14 6%
Other 35 14%
Unknown 24 10%

Attention Score in Context

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#106,243
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Outputs from Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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#2
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