Meditation Mapped in Monks

| March 15, 2002

Meditation Mapped in Monks,BBC News
Scientists studying the effects of meditation on Tibetan Buddhist monks have found that their brain activity during meditation differs dramatically from their normal, waking state, according to BBC News. Radiologists from the University of Pennsylvania noticed decreased activity in the rear part of the brain -- the area responsible for orientation -- while the monks meditated, and increased activity in the front part of the brain that is activated when focusing attention on a particular task. The discovery, say researchers, is consistent with people's loss of sense of self and lack of spatial awareness that can happen during meditation. The brain's activity patterns during meditation also closely resembles patterns that occur during other spiritual or mystical experiences, like prayer.
--Kate Garsombke
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