Meditation

Book description

Meditation, Volume 244, the latest release in the Progress in Brain Research series, highlights new advances in the field with this new volume presenting interesting chapters on The effect of meditation on attentional processes, State-trait influences of Vipassana meditation practice on P3 EEG dynamics, What could teachers learn from the neuroscience of self-experience?, Training Attention for Conscious Non-REM Sleep: The Yogic Technique of Yoga Nidrā and Its Implications for Neuroscience Research, CNV and P3 modulations following sensorimotor training, Analytical meditation: a characterization of a reasoning-based meditation training, Buddhist meditation and the regulation of brain networks, Mindfulness-based Emotional Balance Training in Military Spouse, and more.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Contributors
  6. Preface
  7. Chapter 1: The neuroscience of meditation: classification, phenomenology, correlates, and mechanisms
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Deconstructing mindfulness
    4. 3 Classifying meditation techniques
    5. 4 Phenomenology
    6. 5 Structural and functional correlates of meditation practices
    7. 6 Oscillatory correlates of meditation
    8. 7 Mechanisms underlying meditation and attention regulation
    9. 8 Mechanisms underlying meditation and emotion regulation
    10. 9 Future perspectives
  8. Chapter 2: Evolution from four mental states to the highest state of consciousness: A neurophysiological basis of meditation as defined in yoga texts
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Description of consciousness in yogic texts
    4. 3 Investigations on electro-neurophysiology of meditation
    5. 4 Conclusion
  9. Chapter 3: Meditation induces physical relaxation and enhances cognition: A perplexing paradox
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 The meditation and relaxation response
    4. 3 Neuro-physiological model of meditation
    5. 4 The cognitive restructuring during meditation
    6. 5 Thought wandering and detection of intruding thoughts
    7. 6 Meditation can improve cognition
    8. 7 Possible mechanism of cognitive enhancement during meditation
    9. 8 The future research
  10. Chapter 4: Contingent negative variation and P3 modulations following mindful movement training
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Methods
    4. 3 Results
    5. 4 Discussion
  11. Chapter 5: State-trait influences of Vipassana meditation practice on P3 EEG dynamics
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Experimental procedures
    4. 3 Results
    5. 4 Discussion
    6. 5 Conclusion
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. Funding
    9. Declarations of interest
  12. Chapter 6: Short-term mindful breath awareness training improves inhibitory control and response monitoring
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Method
    4. 3 Results
    5. 4 Discussion
    6. Acknowledgments
  13. Chapter 7: Fully immersed: State absorption and electrophysiological effects of the OVO Whole-Body Perceptual Deprivation chamber
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Methods
    4. 3 Results
    5. 4 Discussion
    6. Acknowledgments
  14. Chapter 8: Concentrative (Sahaj Samadhi) meditation training and visual awareness: An fMRI study on color afterimages
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Neuroimaging study with color afterimages
    4. 3 Conclusion
    5. Acknowledgments
  15. Chapter 9: Toward a brain theory of meditation
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Characterizing different forms of meditation and their relationships
    4. 3 Brain networks, brain states and meditation
    5. 4 Conscious access, global workspace and meditation
    6. 5 Outline of a brain theory of meditation (BTM)
    7. Acknowledgments
  16. Chapter 10: Tibetan Buddhist monastic debate: Psychological and neuroscientific analysis of a reasoning-based analytical meditation practice
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 General introduction of debate as a form of analytical meditation
    4. 3 A biobehavioral model of monastic debate
    5. 4 Quantifying the phenomenology of monastic debates
    6. 5 Comparing debate to other meditation practices
    7. 6 Potential applications of debate in societal domains
    8. Acknowledgments
  17. Chapter 11: Training attention for conscious non-REM sleep: The yogic practice of yoga-nidrā and its implications for neuroscience research
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Methodological considerations
    4. 3 The state of yoga-nidrā
    5. 4 The problem of qualified subjects and training new subjects
  18. Chapter 12: Nondual awareness: Consciousness-as-such as non-representational reflexivity
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Phenomenology and philosophy
    4. 3 Neural correlates
    5. 4 Conclusion
  19. Chapter 13: The contemplative exercise through the lenses of predictive processing: A promising approach
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 The appeal of a guiding theoretical framework
    3. 2 The basics of predictive processing
    4. 3 The praxis of meditation
    5. 4 Meditation in the light of predictive processing
    6. 5 Summary and future work
    7. Acknowledgments
  20. Chapter 14: Mindfulness training as cognitive training in high-demand cohorts: An initial study in elite military servicemembers
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Method
    4. 3 Results
    5. 4 Discussion
    6. Acknowledgments
  21. Chapter 15: Contemplative neuroscience, self-awareness, and education
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Self-awareness: Possible underlying neural mechanisms, relation to well-being, and meditation-induced malleability
    4. 3 Teachers’ self-processing and mindfulness practice
    5. 4 Integration and summary
    6. Acknowledgments
  22. Chapter 16: Yoga: Balancing the excitation-inhibition equilibrium in psychiatric disorders
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 The role of GABAergic neurotransmission in psychiatric disorders
    3. 2 Modulating the GABAergic system for therapeutic gains
    4. 3 Role of yoga in psychiatric disorders
    5. 4 A mechanistic understanding of the effects of yoga: The role of GABA and oxytocin
    6. 5 Clinical implications of this model
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. Funding
    9. Conflict of interest

Product information

  • Title: Meditation
  • Author(s): Narayanan Srinivasan
  • Release date: February 2019
  • Publisher(s): Academic Press
  • ISBN: 9780444642288