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Is praying the Catholic rosary a meditation and does it enhance brain plasticity?

The accepted method of praying the Rosary is to actually complete five (5) decades, each containing the Hail Mary (Ave Maria) repeated 10 times (hence the term "decade"). Each decade is followed by an ...
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How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?

As mentioned in Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?, with looking at the possibility of calmness during stress and trauma, you only have to look at the situation with rape victims ...
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Is mindfulness meditation an effective method to fall asleep?

**Is there any empirical evidence meditation is good for sleep? ** Yes. There is. But it definitely depends on the type of meditation. Some types of meditation increase alertness. A few articles I ...
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Can Transcendental meditation be used in lab setting via Digital instructor or do we need a practitioner for TM?

As per the official site: The TM technique is not "one size fits all." It's taught one-on-one and is carefully personalized for you. Only certified TM teachers can instruct you in the ...
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Does mindfulness meditation work for highly inattentive individuals?

The most up-to-date research I can find at the moment specifically looking at children with ADHD is a systematic review and meta-analysis by Chimiklis et al (2018), and they point out that yoga, ...
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Any ideas about the neural mechanism underlying the ASMR sensation?

I found one study that looked at ASMR and the Default Mode Network (DNM). The DMN consists of the medial prefrontal cortex, medial temporal gyri, bilateral inferior parietal cortices, precuneus and ...
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How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?

[H]ow does one reliably reach this state "on-demand" and how does one maintain it during the endurance of significant nociceptive pain? It seems that activating the gamma wave on-demand is the key to ...
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Is there any strong empirical support that "casual" (10-20 minutes per day) mindfulness meditation leads to lasting cognitive improvements?

The following is the empirical support I can find Beauchemin, J., Hutchins, T. L., & Patterson, F. (2008). Mindfulness meditation may lessen anxiety, promote social skills, and improve academic ...
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Are there any types of meditation/mindfulness intervention not starting with breathing exercises?

You can use key words (“body scan” combined with “meditation”) to get specific studies. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book (titled "Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face ...
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Is there a mindfulness meditation technique that tends to produce gamma rhythms in the brain (and not just the alpha frequencies that are typical)?

It looks like increased gamma activity is pronounced simply for long-term meditation practitioners. Long-term Vipassana meditators sat in meditation vs. a control rest (mind-wandering) state for ...
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Binaural Beats Meditation EEG versus Non-aided mediation EEG

Theta and Alpha are the waves associated with meditation (KaKasamatsu & Hirai, 1966; Khare & Nigam, 2000). Owen and Atwater found that: binaural auditory beats in the EEG alpha frequency ...
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what is the difference between mindfulness meditations and focusing on other things?

It is question I've been asking myself as well in my experience with mindfulness meditation. Meditation is not manipulating experience, it is simple noticing it. Furthermore it focuses on sensory ...
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Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?

With looking at the possibility of calmness during stress and trauma, you only have to look at the situation with rape victims and soldiers witnessing severe traumatic events who dissociate (Ellert, ...
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Best meditation techniques to overcome Behavioral Addictions?

Several years ago, I was unsuccessfully searching for a study that evaluates the efficacy of many different interventions in the context of addictions. However, I did find a cognitive behavioral ...
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Does mindful meditation inhibit diffuse thinking (aka default mode network), creativity and make studying less effective?

That's a great question. I've wondered about this myself, given that some forms of meditation - particularly those that aim to exclusively focus on a particular object - seem to be the antithesis of ...
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During body-scan ('sweeping') meditation, what does brain-imaging (e.g. fMRI) look like?

The Mind of the Meditator may be what you are looking for: https://www.nature.com/scientificamerican/journal/v311/n5/full/scientificamerican1114-38.html The image taken from the article gives some ...
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Is praying the Catholic rosary a meditation and does it enhance brain plasticity?

There are TWO main categories of meditation [Reference: Lutz, A., Slagter, H. A., Dunne, J. D., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation. Trends in Cognitive ...
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Meditation for patients with neuroleptic induced tension

Akathisia is very difficult to handle. Sometimes akathisia responds to anxiolytic drugs such as benzodiazepines, propranolol, and even red wine. Amantadine, benztropine (for Parkinsonism) might also ...
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When is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy not useful, or bad?

The mindfulness stress buffering account (Creswell, Lindsay, 2014) suggests that mindfulness practice buffers acute stress reactivity, therefore it has more impact on health outcome of a high-stress ...
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Can meditation be associated to lucid dream?

Stumbrys, Erlacher, & Malinowski (2015) found a positive correlation between mindfulness during wakeful states and lucid dreaming during sleep. However, there is no explanation about how the ...
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what is the difference between mindfulness meditations and focusing on other things?

First, mindfulness meditation is a practice that involves attention regulation and adopting a particular orientation toward one's experiences in the present moment [1]. Your example has largely ...
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Where can I find open data for psychology research on meditation?

Kaggle has a dataset of an EEG conducted on a meditation group versus a control. Other than that, if you are looking for the raw datasets of fmri meditation studies, that may be a little more ...
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Exact Medical situation name for Guided Meditation/Visualization to "Re-live a moment"

Before I give the answer to your question, I must point out that pursuits into recalling past events through hypnosis etc. can lead to mixed results. You can be lucky and gain true insight into a ...
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How to map EEG time-series and visualize meditative states frequencies?

Thank you for your interesting question! Generally, there are three types of methods to process your EEG time-series data: Time domain methods (e.g., regression, statistical analysis on your EEG ...
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Why might mindfulness and meditation lead to anger and anxiety?

It is best to learn meditation/mindfulness by attending an ongoing class – for example, the MBSR-8 week course. That way, these types of issues are resolved as soon as they arise. Breath meditation ...
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Are there psychiatric medications that have an anti-tolerance effect?

I don't know of any drug therapy that becomes less with use, especially for treatment of psychological disorders. The only instance I would know of is an individual is attempting to remove a ...
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