A neuroscientific perspective on meditation

Adi Maron-Katz, Eti Ben-Simon, Haggai Sharon, Michal Gruberger, Dean Cvetkovic

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Abstract

The practice of meditation has become a subject of growing interest in the field of neuropsychology. One of the main reasons leading to this interest is the fact thatnumerous psychological studies demonstrate beneficial effects of meditation practice on emotional experience and general well being. Such effects include reduction of stress and anxiety as well as preventing the reoccurrence of depression. However, the neural basis leading to these remarkable effects is yet to be fully understood. In terms of brain function, meditation effects can be attributed to several mechanisms including emotion regulation, self-perception or attention regulation. Additionally, structural changes may also strengthen these effects and several studies have reported white and grey matter changes taking place as meditation practice continues. In this chapter, we review the recent neuroscientific studies related to relevant brain networks and neural processes that accompany the meditation state and examine some of the structural data available as well. Furthermore, we address the fruitful way in which neuroscience and meditation can enrich one another and discuss the future direction of this intriguing cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology of Meditation
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages99-128
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781629486437
ISBN (Print)9781629486376
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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