Functional brain mapping of the relaxation response and meditation

  title={Functional brain mapping of the relaxation response and meditation},
  author={Sara W. Lazar and George Bush and Randy L. Gollub and Gregory L Fricchione and Gurucharan Khalsa and Herbert Benson},
&NA; Meditation is a conscious mental process that induces a set of integrated physiologic changes termed the relaxation response. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to identify and characterize the brain regions that are active during a simple form of meditation. Significant (p <10−7) signal increases were observed in the group‐averaged data in the dorsolateral prefrontal and parietal cortices, hippocampus/parahippocampus, temporal lobe, pregenual anterior cingulate cortex… 
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