Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners

  title={Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners},
  author={Julie A. Brefczynski-Lewis and Antoine Lutz and Hillary S. Schaefer and Daniel B Levinson and Richard J. Davidson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={11483 - 11488}
Meditation refers to a family of mental training practices that are designed to familiarize the practitioner with specific types of mental processes. One of the most basic forms of meditation is concentration meditation, in which sustained attention is focused on an object such as a small visual stimulus or the breath. In age-matched participants, using functional MRI, we found that activation in a network of brain regions typically involved in sustained attention showed an inverted u-shaped… 

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