What it means to be Zen: marked modulations of local and interareal synchronization during open monitoring meditation.
Bottom Line: Experienced meditators are able to voluntarily modulate their state of consciousness and attention.We found a correlation between graph measures in the 160-170Hz range and MAAS scores.The most prominent effects occur in brain structures crucially involved in processes of awareness and attention, which also show structural changes in short- and long-term meditators, suggesting continuative alterations in the meditating brain.
Affiliation: Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Via delle Regole 101, 38060 Mattarello, TN, Italy. Electronic address: Anne.Hauswald@unitn.it.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Scores for general mindfulness, attention and awareness in the subjects' daily lives, as assessed with the MAAS (German version), were correlated with individual meditation practice experience in hours. Low MAAS scores indicated high levels of mindfulness, attention and awareness in a subject's daily life, and vice versa. Subjects' MAAS scores significantly correlated with their meditation experience, r = − .80, p < .01 (Fig. 1). Age of the subjects neither correlated with practical experience nor MAAS scores.
Affiliation: Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Via delle Regole 101, 38060 Mattarello, TN, Italy. Electronic address: Anne.Hauswald@unitn.it.