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First ever neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation
by Christian Jarrett
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21 April 2018
On 21 April 2018 British Psychological Society reported: It is possible to pay attention effortlessly, your mind ''pulled by the inherent nature of the object of experience''. In fact, with practice, doing so can ''lead you to experience inner silence, tranquility, peace and transcendence''. That's according to a research team led by Michelle Mahone at the California School of Professional Psychology, who have published in Brain and Cognition what they describe as the first neuroimaging study of people in the midst of Transcendental Meditation (TM). It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of science.
The researchers said their findings were consistent with the idea that Transcendental Meditation involves a unique form of effortless attention, in which ''the attention is guided by the inherent pleasure of inner transcendence, rather than through cognitive evaluation and control''. The increase in frontal brain activity reflects the engagement with a specific experience, they said, while the minimal control required was reflected in reduced activity in the cerebellum and pons.
Click here to read the full article online at British Psychological Society — Research Digest.
Christian Jarrett is Editor of BPS Research Digest.
© 2018 British Psychological Society
''fMRI during Transcendental Meditation practice''
Michelle C. Mahone, Fred Travis, Richard Gevirtz, David Hubbard
Brain and Cognition 123 (2018) 30-33
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