The neural basis of the complex mental task of meditation: neurotransmitter and neurochemical considerations.

  title={The neural basis of the complex mental task of meditation: neurotransmitter and neurochemical considerations.},
  author={Andrew B Newberg and Jenny Iversen},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  volume={61 2},
Meditation is a complex mental process involving changes in cognition, sensory perception, affect, hormones, and autonomic activity. Meditation has also become widely used in psychological and medical practices for stress management as well as a variety of physical and mental disorders. However, until now, there has been limited understanding of the overall biological mechanism of these practices in terms of the effects in both the brain and body. We have previously described a rudimentary… CONTINUE READING
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