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PresenceHow Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind, and Life$
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Paul Verhaeghen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395606.001.0001

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Your Body and Brain on Meditation

Your Body and Brain on Meditation

(p.17) 2 Your Body and Brain on Meditation

Paul Verhaeghen

Oxford University Press

This chapter first describes the effects of mindfulness on body, such as quieting of the body through slowing down and synchronization of heart rate and breathing rate. It next describes relevant methods for looking into the living brain in action (EEG, fMRI) and how those are used to look at meditation. It then provides an overview of attention networks in the brain—the default mode network, the executive network, and the salience network. Finally, it presents the brain map of meditation, as obtained in a meta-analysis by Tomasino and colleagues, and the three themes this map suggests: how attention is controlled during meditation, how body awareness and the sense of embodiment change, and how one experiences the self during meditation.

Keywords:   meditation, brain, default mode network, brain map, body awareness, executive network, salience network, self

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