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The Neurobiological Correlates of Meditation and Mindfulness

Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)

Abstract

Mindfulness refers to a calm awareness of cognitions, sensations, ­emotions, and experiences. This state is frequently achieved through mindfulness meditation (MM) which is a practice that cultivates non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. MM has also become widely used in a variety of psychological, medical, and wellness populations. Recently, there have been a number of studies that have elucidated some of the neurophysiological processes involved with MM and other similar meditation practices. This chapter provides a review of that literature, which includes neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurotransmitter systems, and recent brain-imaging advances.

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Edwards, J., Peres, J., Monti, D.A., Newberg, A.B. (2012). The Neurobiological Correlates of Meditation and Mindfulness. In: Moreira-Almeida, A., Santana Santos, F. (eds) Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship. Mindfulness in Behavioral Health. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-0647-1_6

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