Mindfulness: theories & benefits

Brewer, J.A., et al. (2011). Meditation experience is associated with differences in default mode network activity and connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 108(50). Published online.Full text.

Abstract: Many philosophical and contemplative traditions teach that “living in the moment” increases happiness. However, the default mode of humans appears to be that of mind-wandering, which correlates with unhappiness, and with activation in a network of brain areas associated with self-referential processing. We investigated brain activity in experienced meditators and matched meditation-naive controls as they performed several different meditations (Concentration, Loving-Kindness, Choiceless Awareness).

We found that the main nodes of the default-mode network (medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortices) were relatively deactivated in experienced meditators across all meditation types. Furthermore, functional connectivity analysis revealed stronger coupling in experienced meditators between the posterior cingulate, dorsal anterior cingulate, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortices (regions previously implicated in self-monitoring…

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  1. Brewer’s work on the Default Mode Network is quite interesting. He’s interviewed at Buddhist Geeks (http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2012/06/bg-259-mapping-the-mindful-brain/), as is one of his main subjects, a guy named Gary Weber who claims to have achieved non-dual awareness. Weber is *also* interviewed at Buddhist Geeks (https://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2012/07/bg-260-enlightenment-is-capable-of-endless-enlargement/) and there’s a worthwhile vid on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEOujFKnHwc) of him being interviewed. Both recommended.

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