Psychophysiological correlates of meditation: A review

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Abstract

The scientific research that has investigated the physiological changes associated with meditation as it is practiced by adherents of Indian Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, and Zen Buddhism has not yielded a thoroughly consistent, easily replicable pattern of responses. The majority of studies show meditation to be a wakeful state accompanied by a lowering of cortical and autonomic arousal. The investigations of Zen and Transcendental Meditation have thus far produced the most consistent findings. Additional research Into tha mechanisms underlying the phenomena of meditation will require a shifting from old to new methodological perspectives that allow for adequate experimental control and the testing of theoretically relevant hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMeditation
Subtitle of host publicationClassic and Contemporary Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages369-375
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781351506144
ISBN (Print)9780202362441
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology

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