A perception theory in mind-body medicine: guided imagery and mindful meditation as cross-modal adaptation.

@article{Bedford2012APT,
  title={A perception theory in mind-body medicine: guided imagery and mindful meditation as cross-modal adaptation.},
  author={Felice L. Bedford},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2012},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={24-45}
}
A new theory of mind-body interaction in healing is proposed based on considerations from the field of perception. It is suggested that the combined effect of visual imagery and mindful meditation on physical healing is simply another example of cross-modal adaptation in perception, much like adaptation to prism-displaced vision. It is argued that psychological interventions produce a conflict between the perceptual modalities of the immune system and vision (or touch), which leads to change in… CONTINUE READING
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