A Forty-Five Year Follow-Up EEG Study of Qigong Practice

  title={A Forty-Five Year Follow-Up EEG Study of Qigong Practice},
  author={Zhen Qin and Yi Jin and Shin Lin and Neal Hermanowicz},
  journal={International Journal of Neuroscience},
  pages={538 - 552}
A follow-up EEG study was conducted on a subject with 50 years of experiences in Qigong. Resting EEG at present showed frontally dominant alpha-1 as compared to occipitally dominant alpha-2 described in 1962. During the Qigong practice alph-1 enhanced quickly and became far more prominent than 50 years ago. Compared with baseline, these activities remained to be higher at rest after the Qigong practice. These results suggest that extended practice in meditation may change the EEG pattern and… 
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