Feb 04, 2010
The exploration of meditation in the neuroscience of attention and consciousness
The exploration of meditation in the neuroscience of attention and consciousness.
Cogn Process. 2009 Dec 30;
Authors: Raffone A, Srinivasan N
Many recent behavioral and neuroscientific studies have revealed the importance of investigating meditation states and traits to achieve an increased understanding of cognitive and affective neuroplasticity, attention and self-awareness, as well as for their increasingly recognized clinical relevance. The investigation of states and traits related to meditation has especially pronounced implications for the neuroscience of attention, consciousness, self-awareness, empathy and theory of mind. In this article we present the main features of meditation-based mental training and characterize the current scientific approach to meditation states and traits with special reference to attention and consciousness, in light of the articles contributed to this issue.