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Intrinsic functional connectivity as a tool for human connectomics: theory, properties, and optimization.
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The brevity and robustness of fcMRI positions it as a powerful tool for large-scale explorations of genetic influences on brain architecture and how it can be combined with HARDI techniques to support the emerging field of human connectomics.
How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work? Proposing Mechanisms of Action From a Conceptual and Neural Perspective
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Several components through which mindfulness meditation exerts its effects are explored, suggesting that the mechanisms described here work synergistically, establishing a process of enhanced self-regulation.
Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness
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Between-group differences in prefrontal cortical thickness were most pronounced in older participants, suggesting that meditation might offset age-related cortical thinning, and data provide the first structural evidence for experience-dependent cortical plasticity associated with meditation practice.
Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation
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The difficulties of defining mindfulness are discussed, the proper scope of research into mindfulness practices is delineated, and crucial methodological issues for interpreting results from investigations of mindfulness are explained.
Contemplating Mindfulness at Work
Mindfulness research activity is surging within organizational science. Emerging evidence across multiple fields suggests that mindfulness is fundamentally connected to many aspects of workplace
Functional brain mapping of the relaxation response and meditation
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The results indicate that the practice of meditation activates neural structures involved in attention and control of the autonomic nervous system.
Stress reduction correlates with structural changes in the amygdala.
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Whereas prior studies found gray matter modifications resulting from acquisition of abstract information, motor and language skills, this study demonstrates that neuroplastic changes are associated with improvements in a psychological state variable.
Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrative Review
Acknowledgments: The first two authors contributed equally. The authors would like to thank J. Craig Wallace and the anonymous reviewers for providing insightful comments and suggestions. We would
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