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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, February 2014
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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, February 2014
DOI 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00086
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Authors

Xu, Jian, Vik, Alexandra, Groote, Inge Rasmus, Lagopoulos, Jim, Holen, Are, Ellingsen, Øyvind, Davanger, Svend, Jian Xu, Alexandra Vik, Inge R. Groote, Jim Lagopoulos, Are Holen, Øyvind Ellingsen, Asta K. Håberg, Svend Davanger, Xu J, Vik A, Groote IR, Lagopoulos J, Holen A, Ellingsen O, Håberg AK, Davanger S

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 5%
United Kingdom 3 2%
Indonesia 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 175 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 45 23%
Researcher 44 22%
Student > Master 29 15%
Student > Bachelor 21 11%
Professor 12 6%
Other 45 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 82 42%
Neuroscience 24 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 24 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 11%
Engineering 12 6%
Other 33 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 188. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 April 2018.
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Outputs from Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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#2
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