Potential contributions of research on meditation to the neuroscience of consciousness

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Exploring the initial findings of neuroscientific research on meditation, new horizons of further inquiry in consciousness research are apparent. While such studies of contemplative practices are still in their infancy, early findings promise to contribute in three key areas. These include: Neuroplasticity – physiological and psychological indices of short and long terms responses of the brain circuits that underlie complex mental functions associated with specific types of meditation techniques ; Mind body Interactions – revealing mechanisms by which such training may exert beneficial effects on physical health; and Subjectivity – well developed introspective skills of practitioners potentially shedding new light on the neural counterpart of subjectivity.


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