Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators

@article{Jacobs2011IntensiveMT,
  title={Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators},
  author={Tonya L. Jacobs and Elissa S. Epel and Jue Lin and Elizabeth H Blackburn and Owen M. Wolkowitz and David A. Bridwell and Anthony Paul Zanesco and Stephen R. Aichele and Baljinder K. Sahdra and Katherine A. MacLean and Brandon G. King and Phillip R. Shaver and Erika L. Rosenberg and Emilio Ferrer and B. Alan Wallace and Clifford D. Saron},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={2011},
  volume={36},
  pages={664-681}
}
BACKGROUND Telomerase activity is a predictor of long-term cellular viability, which decreases with chronic psychological distress (Epel et al., 2004). Buddhist traditions claim that meditation decreases psychological distress and promotes well-being (e.g., Dalai Lama and Cutler, 2009). Therefore, we investigated the effects of a 3-month meditation retreat on telomerase activity and two major contributors to the experience of stress: Perceived Control (associated with decreased stress) and… 
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