Meditation training increases brain efficiency in an attention task

Meditation training increases brain efficiency in an attention task

Author Kozasa, Elisa Harumi Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Sato, João Ricardo Google Scholar
Lacerda, Shirley Silva Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Barreiros, Maria Angela Maramaldo Google Scholar
Radvany, João Google Scholar
Russell, Tamara A. Google Scholar
Sanches, Liana Guerra Google Scholar
Mello, Luiz Eugenio Araujo de Moraes Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Amaro Junior, Edson Google Scholar
Institution Inst Israelita Ensino & Pesquisa Albert Einstein
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Hosp Israelita Albert Einstein
Kings Coll London
Abstract Meditation is a mental training, which involves attention and the ability to maintain focus on a particular object. in this study we have applied a specific attentional task to simply measure the performance of the participants with different levels of meditation experience, rather than evaluating meditation practice per se or task performance during meditation. Our objective was to evaluate the performance of regular meditators and non-meditators during an fMRI adapted Stroop Word-Colour Task (SWCT), which requires attention and impulse control, using a block design paradigm. We selected 20 right-handed regular meditators and 19 non-meditators matched for age, years of education and gender. Participants had to choose the colour (red, blue or green) of single words presented visually in three conditions: congruent, neutral and incongruent. Non-meditators showed greater activity than meditators in the right medial frontal, middle temporal, precentral and postcentral gyri and the lentiform nucleus during the incongruent conditions. No regions were more activated in meditators relative to non-meditators in the same comparison. Non-meditators showed an increased pattern of brain activation relative to regular meditators under the same behavioural performance level. This suggests that meditation training improves efficiency, possibly via improved sustained attention and impulse control. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords Meditation
Language English
Sponsor Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa Albert Einstein
Associacao Fundo de Incentivo a Psicofarmacologia
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Date 2012-01-02
Published in Neuroimage. San Diego: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, v. 59, n. 1, p. 745-749, 2012.
ISSN 1053-8119 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 745-749
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000296265500074

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