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Studies of chinese original quiet sitting by using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

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Interdisciplinary MRI/MRS Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan; Anthro-Celestial Research Institute, The Tienti Teachings, Taiwan.


Since different meditations may activate different regions in brain, we can use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate it. Chinese original quiet sitting is mainly one kind of traditional Chinese meditation. It contains two different parts: a short period of keeping phrase and intake spiritual energy, and a long period of relaxation with no further action. In this paper, both those two stages were studied by fMRI. We performed two different paradigms and found the accurate positions in the brain. The pineal gland and the hypothalamus showed positive activation during the first and second stages of this meditation. The BOLD (Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent) signal changes had also been found.


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