Meditation Mapped in Monks

Meditation Mapped in Monks,BBC

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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