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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2015 Apr;16(4):213-25. doi: 10.1038/nrn3916. Epub 2015 Mar 18.

The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation.

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1
1] Department of Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409, USA. [2] Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA. [3].
2
1] Department of Neuroradiology, Technical University of Munich, 81675 Munich, Germany. [2] Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129, USA. [3].
3
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA.

Abstract

Research over the past two decades broadly supports the claim that mindfulness meditation - practiced widely for the reduction of stress and promotion of health - exerts beneficial effects on physical and mental health, and cognitive performance. Recent neuroimaging studies have begun to uncover the brain areas and networks that mediate these positive effects. However, the underlying neural mechanisms remain unclear, and it is apparent that more methodologically rigorous studies are required if we are to gain a full understanding of the neuronal and molecular bases of the changes in the brain that accompany mindfulness meditation.

PMID:
25783612
DOI:
10.1038/nrn3916
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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