Attending to the present: mindfulness meditation reveals distinct neural modes of self-reference.

@article{Farb2007AttendingTT,
  title={Attending to the present: mindfulness meditation reveals distinct neural modes of self-reference.},
  author={Norman A. S. Farb and Zindel V. Segal and Helen S. Mayberg and Jim Bean and Deborah McKeon and Zainab Fatima and Adam K. Anderson},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={2 4},
  pages={313-22}
}
It has long been theorised that there are two temporally distinct forms of self-reference: extended self-reference linking experiences across time, and momentary self-reference centred on the present. To characterise these two aspects of awareness, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine monitoring of enduring traits ('narrative' focus, NF) or momentary experience ('experiential' focus, EF) in both novice participants and those having attended an 8 week course in… CONTINUE READING
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