Mental Training as a Tool in the Neuroscientific Study of Brain and Cognitive Plasticity

@inproceedings{Slagter2011MentalTA,
  title={Mental Training as a Tool in the Neuroscientific Study of Brain and Cognitive Plasticity},
  author={Heleen A. Slagter and Richard J. Davidson and Antoine Lutz},
  booktitle={Front. Hum. Neurosci.},
  year={2011}
}
Although the adult brain was once seen as a rather static organ, it is now clear that the organization of brain circuitry is constantly changing as a function of experience or learning. Yet, research also shows that learning is often specific to the trained stimuli and task, and does not improve performance on novel tasks, even very similar ones. This perspective examines the idea that systematic mental training, as cultivated by meditation, can induce learning that is not stimulus or task… CONTINUE READING