Science topic

Meditation - Science topic

A state of consciousness in which the individual eliminates environmental stimuli from awareness so that the mind can focus on a single thing, producing a state of relaxation and relief from stress. A wide variety of techniques are used to clear the mind of stressful outside interferences. It includes meditation therapy. (Mosby's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary, 4th ed)
Questions related to Meditation
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
5 answers
Hi! For my project I must use Neurosky Mindwave EEG, which only has one electrode, and it is placed in Fp1 area. I have been doing research and it seems that I can't study anything related to P300 there. However, attention or meditation states are well reflected in that place. Are there any other aspects which can be studied in Fp1 considering that I have no information about other areas? Thank you all in advance.
Relevant answer
Answer
Using only one electrode can reduce the amount of information you can get, and reduce also the signal processing techniques (like ICA) you use to get a good features.
Good luck.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
For your information, there is a special meditation method called 'Mahamanan'. In fact, it is self-development meditation or Atma-Vikas Dhyana.
Google search: MahaManan
Relevant answer
Answer
Kindly check also the following useful RG link:
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
5 answers
Our paper is about adaptations of practices from the East in the West, including yoga, mindfulness and other forms of meditation. We are looking for references that support that practices are compromised when not applied in full. This could be because of people or organisations 'cherry-picking' what suits them while ignoring the philosophy in which they are embedded, or other examples that have been soundly explored, or a related theory.
Thanks in advance, scholars!
Relevant answer
Answer
The use of antibiotics might yield some examples. It isn't always wise to stop a prescribed regimen once symptoms are gone since the infection itself may not be completely gone.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
I am going to have a control and an experimental group. My experimental group will be receiving compassion meditation. I am measuring pre and post scores of relaxation. I have the personality factor openness as a moderator. How do I run this in SPSS?
Relevant answer
Answer
Hello Karen,
The basic question concerning whether variable B moderates the relationship between some IV ("X") and some DV ("Y) is most simply addressed by determining whether there is an interaction between "X" and "B" (using "Y" as the DV).
This is very simple to do in a regression model: you'd have three IVs in all: "X", "B", and "X * B", and of course "Y" is the DV. If the "X*B" interaction shows up as significant, that is evidence of moderation.
As Jérémie Richard correctly points out, a lot of folks use Andrew Hayes' PROCESS macro (available for SAS, SPSS, and I think for R) to help in eliciting many of the relevant analyses. Just be sure that you select the appropriate model that would use a continuous score as the moderator, instead of a categorical score/variable as the moderator.
Good luck with your work.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
the meditation sessions are similar to any other training programs containing lectures, discussions, and practicing, etc.
Relevant answer
Answer
Hi Aamer,
If you are limited by class size, there is always an option of collating data from a few classes before doing your analysis. But I would think most meditation classes would be between 12-20 to be effective, especially when you require participants to discuss and practice apart from the education part.
The last one I did was on a large group of online meditation course participants, but the course has no group discussion part, so I was able to have a larger class size, and I gathered data from N = 47 which, though small, was sufficient for me to run all the required analyses.
Good luck with yours.
Cheers,
Barry
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
5 answers
Heart Rate Variability is a well known and useful concept in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences. Breath Rate is a lesser researched field and a newer measure Breath-Rate Variability is introduced recently to quantify meditation effect.
It is gaining attention of researchers as BRV has a number of novel applications. What could they be.
Relevant answer
Answer
Breath rate variability (BRV) as an alternate measure of meditation even over a short duration is proposed. The main objective of this study is to test the hypothesis that BRV is a simple measure that differentiates between meditators and nonmeditators.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically.The difference between the two beats form a third beat (binaural). Auditory beat stimulation can be used to modulate cognition, reduce anxiety levels, increased focus, increased concentration, increased motivation, increased confidence, deeper meditation as well as to enhance mood states.
Relevant answer
Answer
Holly Gultiano thanks for the
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
Will be it a valid research design or else there is a need to control group? I have heard about 3-armed randomised controlled design. Is it possible to have 4-armed randomised controlled design.
I request all senior researcher to clarify it.
Relevant answer
Answer
Essentially, you could have as many arms as you want; one issue that occurs to me is that this would impact what type of analysis you can do and corrections that need to be applied to avoid Type I error. So perhaps it may be worth checking if the analysis you want to do (depending on what you want to assess / measure) and the software you have available can support four arms.
This page contains some useful info on appraising multi-arm RCTS: https://bestpractice.bmj.com/info/toolkit/learn-ebm/appraising-multiple-armed-rcts/
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
32 answers
I’m a student of philosophy and religious studies. I’m also someone who practices mindfulness techniques to deal with stress and the effects of some permanent physical injuries. I’ve been impressed by how mindfulness has improved my life, and I’m interested in learning more about its history, how it works, and how it affects others. As part of a research project, I’m asking mindfulness practitioners some basic questions about their relationship with mindfulness to better understand how people use, understand, and benefit from their practice.
If you’re interested in participating, please complete my short survey and feel free to pass it along to others. It only takes about 3 minutes since it consists of just 3 demographics questions and 4 questions about mindfulness. It is 100% anonymous and will not ask for any contact information. The survey closes at 5PM EST on April 2nd, 2021.
Relevant answer
Answer
This is really interesting, important and good questions for researchers consumption.
Keep it up !
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
Many time during meditation whole body feels the flow of electricity like the thing is it bio electricity or something else why this occurs but after that generally, I felt so miracle experience....how and what is this...
Relevant answer
Answer
Thanks a lot, dear Abeer Haq for your wonderful answer.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
10 answers
we all have our own thought and experience regarding yoga and meditation, we all know it's a miracle unexplainable to those who do he/she feel it.What's your view regarding it.
Relevant answer
Answer
Yoga ( योग ) in a broad sense means a set of various spiritual, mental and physical practices developed in different directions of Hinduism and Buddhism and aimed at controlling the mental and physiological functions of the body in order to achieve an individual's elevated spiritual and mental state.
"Meditation" means "union with God." The word "yoga" also means "union with God", when an individual spirit soul unites with the Supreme Soul, completely focuses on God - her mind, body, heart, her entire being are given to God without a trace.
When one reaches the perfection called trance or samadhi, his mind, engaged in yoga, is completely withdrawn from material activities. Thanks to the purity of the mind, such a yogi acquires the ability to see his true self, and it becomes for him a source of joy and happiness. In this joyful state, he experiences unlimited spiritual bliss, enjoying transcendental senses. Having established himself at this level, a person never deviates from the truth and, having reached this state, realizes that nothing more can be achieved. He is never troubled, even in the face of the greatest calamities. This is true freedom from the suffering arising from contact with the material world.
Regards, Sergey
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
8 answers
interested in assessing long term improved oxytocin secretion in subjects doing mindfulness for years and how this has an impact on long term cortisol which can be measured in hair samples. 
Relevant answer
Answer
Hair samples aren’t likely to provoke this kind of response. Oxytocin is secreted into the bloodstream by the posterior Pituitary gland. It is secreted into blood when cells are excited and secretion depends on the electrical activity of neurons.
A variety of behaviours can increase oxytocin level like hugging, cuddling and sexual intercourse.
Further from Hair samples we can measure corticosterone, testosterone and progesterone.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
2 answers
hi, i'm looking for some article about mindfulness meditation + aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety. Anyone could suggest, please.
PS: i'm doctoral student for Buddhist Psychology and finding lit review for my dissertation. Thank you.
Relevant answer
Answer
Michael Uebel thank you so much
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
Altered states of consciousness (ASC) induced by meditation, psychedelic drugs, or impending death are quite a fascinating but challenging field of investigation. By exploring the mechanisms behind essential phenomena in ASC from a unique perspective, we find out that ASC are a story about perception in nature: The interaction between two sources of stimulation to perception, the shutting down of perception, the filtering mechanism of perception and the delusions of perception.
At the meantime, we discover the correlation between Buddhism and ASC: the essence of Buddhist Vipassana is enhanced awareness in ASC.
Thereupon we introduce time dimension and reveal the science behind Buddhism.
Relevant answer
Answer
Dear Reza,
What I follow is Theravada Buddhism, therefore Vipassana after Samadhi is necessary for enlightenment.
Best,
Wenge
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
Altered states of consciousness (ASC) induced by meditation, psychedelic drugs, or impending death are quite a fascinating and important field of investigation. This paper argues that ASC essentially have nothing to do with consciousness, but a story about perception. Furthermore, by introducing time dimension, we reveal the science behind Buddhism from a psychological perspective.
Our study starts from summarizing four essential phenomena (hallucinations, paranormal phenomena, mystical experiences and enhanced awareness) in ASC on the basis of empirical materials of Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and others.
Then we propose an original model for hallucinations as a breakthrough: When false internal stimulations and external objective stimulations affect perception together, the changes in their relative strength will result in the consistence, breakdown and re-consistence of the five senses, leading to three basic states of hallucinations (one can distinguish reality from fantasy, one cannot distinguish reality from fantasy, and reality and fantasy are totally reversed).
As an implication of this model, the third state of hallucinations suggests a novel hypothesis to interpret extrasensory perception (ESP): the essence of ESP is that false internal stimulations are mistaken as external objective stimulations which enter through sensory organs, while real external objective stimulations are mistaken as perceptions which do not result from sensory organs when one is in deep hallucinations. Moreover, in the second state of hallucinations, the inconsistence of the five senses can also explain various marvelous psychedelic phenomena in ASC in combination with the amplifying function of enhanced awareness discussed later and the mechanism of out-of-body experiences. Thus, we arrive at a conclusion that paranormal phenomena are simply illusions that happen along with deep hallucinations.
Mystical experiences occur in Samatha. Based on the experiential description, it can be inferred that the essence of Samatha is perception shutting down to activate a new mode of apperceiving, one totally different from the usual five sense mode of perception. Hallucinations also disappear because perception shuts down.
Enhanced awareness is highly significant in ASC and could be explained by a perception-filtering model in light of Henri Bergson’s innovative idea: In ordinary conditions, perception has a natural threshold for its sensitivity for the purpose of biological survival; but in ASC, awareness becomes more sensitive because the perception-filtering function gets weakened to allow the influx of more details, resulting in various unusual capabilities, one of which is Buddhist Vipassana.
Finally, we develop a universal framework comprising two dimensions (three mechanisms and three stages) to study ASC. By figuring out the complex relationship among them, we reveal the mystery between Buddhist tranquility and insight: Enhanced awareness after Samatha is the path to attain enlightenment.
Relevant answer
Answer
I rewrite the paper to make it more clear, accurate and unified. You can read my new paper at
Deleted research item The research item mentioned here has been deleted
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
2 answers
During the period between 2010 and  till date we encountered  only one case of bullous pemphigoid. We treated the case with Wrightia tinctoria extract. There was disappearance of signs and symptoms in 12 months of treatment. No signs and symptoms appeared  after discontinuing treatment for one year.and six months. The patient was advised healthy dieting and maintain healthy life style.
No smoking, no drinking, no soft drinks or juices with preservatives, no animal protein, regular excretion of waste body metabolites through  sweat, urine, stool and breathe. Regular physical activity preferably exercise or Yoga. Fasting in sleep. Maintain positive emotions, meditation and Yoga
Relevant answer
Answer
According to the international expert consensus(Ref: Murrell DF, Daniel BS, Joly P, et al. Definitions and outcome measures for bullous pemphigoid: recommendations by an internationalpanel of experts. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Mar;66(3):479-85. ), complete remission means absence of new or established lesions while the patient is on/off minimal therapy for at least two months.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
9 answers
How do you administer your daily time for completing work tasks and deadlines?
Do you have program your time following a schedule? Are you exercising?
Are you doing meditation or other type of mental relaxing activity?
Relevant answer
thank you
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
5 answers
There are many COVID 19 related issues in terms of how to deal with the continuum of teaching and learning. I am meditating about what the future performance results will be for both the student teachers and tutors as we administer the online mode.
Relevant answer
Answer
Yes,the Lockdown affecting tutors performance ;its affecting on mental health of tutors as they are indulging more in their self learning readings ,preparations in order to deliver effective online classes .Also tutors are getting more stressful while delivering online lectures due to different reasons such as; Firstly,Due to network and connection issues students are not able to grasp the content at once. Secondly,delivering of content requires clarity of voice and tone to make students learn well in given time.Thirdly,it requires additional time to design attractive teaching strategies according to learning style of students.So its important for a tutor to get practical and emotional support through informal networks support strong family support(family,friends) and health professionals,When a tutor will be sound mind she will be able to deliver well and tackle all issues effectively and able to cope with mental issues very well.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
18 answers
I need examples of Spiritual Healing Techniques to De-stress the Library Professionals. Spiritual Healing Techniques like Meditation, Reiki healing, Re-programming Mind, Positive Thinking etc...
Relevant answer
Answer
@Isaac Sarfo
Thank you for following!!!
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
Hello,
I am currently in the middle of a project and cannot figure out what statistical test I should use?
In this hypothetical study, my group and I are looking at the effects of a meditation intervention on anxiety levels, EMG activity and golf putting performance. These 3 variables would be measured at two time-points: baseline and post-intervention. To assess whether the meditation program was effective, a control group would be used that doesn't do the meditation program.
So to sum up, we would have:
2 groups: Intervention and control
2 time-points: Pre- and post-intervention
2 different anxiety conditions: Low and high-anxiety
2 dependent variables: EMG activity and putting performance
I understand that the test needs to combine within-subject elements (due to the timepoints and anxiety conditions) and between-subject elements (putting performance and EMG activity). So would a mixed-mode ANOVA be used?
I would appreciate any help anyone can give me.
Kind regards,
T.S.
Relevant answer
Answer
If the study is randomized, split-pot ANOVAs were developed for these analyses. From the question though the design is not entirely clear. Are you blocking on anxiety or do you intend to have 4 groups (one high anxiety intervention, on low anxiety intervention, one high anxiety control, one low anxiety control)?
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
8 answers
I am interested in studying the anatomical and functional connectivity of human brain using graphs, and their evolution in time. This can be used to distinguish different states in which the brain exists at different times - say, executive tasks, meditation, focused attention such as in video games, etc. I am looking for a good reference book (well-written and with practical examples of the concepts) on how the matrices describing the different types of connectivity can be analyzed and manipulated to extract different kinds of information.
Relevant answer
Answer
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
1 answer
Bonjour,
Je travaille sur mon mémoire qui traite des effets de la méditation sur les enfants dyslexiques : amélioration de leur lecture (vitesse et erreurs) et gestion de leurs émotions. J'aimerais utiliser la CAMM et la AFQ-Y pour une évaluation quantitative AVANT et APRES le protocole de méditation, mais je ne trouve pas le mode d'emploi de ces échelles, à savoir comment elles sont cotées. J'ai lu que pour la CAMM, avoir des scores hauts est prédictif d'une non présence mais je n'ai rien de précis ni de scientifique.
Ainsi, vous serait-il possible de me dire comment on traite les réponses à ces échelles ?
Par avance un grand grand merci pour l'aide que vous pourrez apporter à la réalisation de mon mémoire.
Bien à vous,
Sandrine
Relevant answer
Answer
Tnanks for sharing this question.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
I am interested in discussing ways to interrogate guided meditations, specifically journeys and quests, for inclusive language. How do practitioners and educators who incorporate guided meditations work to be more inclusive? I recently decided not to use a guided meditation because of its ableist language. In attempting to reconstruct the script, I began thinking of the assumptions made in guided meditation and began wondering if anyone is doing the work.
Relevant answer
Answer
Transitional meditations
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
For my undergraduate research project, my experimental group is watching a mindfulness meditation video (15 minutes) to relax them. I want a control group to watch a video as well, but one that isn't too exciting or relaxing, but neutral. Any suggestions?
Relevant answer
Answer
Use the meditation technique with your believe
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
7 answers
As a polyglot invalid 65%, I feel more armed to face myself in confinement. I know how I can help friends and neighbors. It's time to bury all war axes. The real time for a better world.
Relevant answer
Answer
Really it reduces all sorts of stress particularly the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect and really assists in achieving some kind of relieving.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
18 answers
What is the scientific reason behind this?
Relevant answer
Answer
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
I am currently recruiting for research study participants for my dissertation. The topic is "The experience of practicing mindfulness meditation among African American female doctoral students.
Terry Badey-McClelland
Relevant answer
Answer
The success of any organization is for selecting the right type of personnel at the right time. For selecting a candidate we have to study his resume & in the line of information we have to evaluate a candidate for his recruitment action.
With this, it depends on the requirement of the company but why selecting a candidate for the requirement of the job we have also to make a confidential note for the study of candidate & after this if necessary we should send him to training program so that his services may turn out to be fruitful
This is my personal opinion
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
6 answers
I had practiced focused attention meditation and had profound mystical experiences back in 1961.
The after effects were also very strong.
Fast-forward to the years 1964-1992 when I was engaged in research and development in the USA defense industry. Here I was able to see patterns and recognize analogies that others overlooked. This led to many breakthroughs, inventions, and other innovations.
Part of this success I attribute to my ability to SWITCH at will back and forth between the pragmatics of the problem to be solved versus looking at the problem and its context in an unfiltered way - without the baggage of conventional categories or labels or methodologies.
Relevant answer
Answer
From a neurobiological standpoint, here are two articles that probably bear on this topic:
1) "Temporal circuit of macroscale dynamic brain activity supports human consciousness" _ Science Advances.htm; and
2) "Two_Distinct_Neuronal_Networks_Mediate_t.pdf"
I just came across them - food for thought!
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
Simple search in Google Scholar shows that since 1960-70 many articles in peer-reviewed journals have supported various desirable effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) but some people here and there claim that the research has always bee. Funded by certain organizations and people who benefit from advertising TM and the published evidences are not so reliable. Is that really true?
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
I have come across a lot of research and articles that praise mindfulness meditation. Its ability to biologically change the brain and improve mental well-being are well documented. However, is there any literature on any psychological or physiological negative changes in people due to Vipassana meditation or similar?
Different perspectives and opinions are also welcome.
Relevant answer
Answer
Dear friend.
I would like to add a note on it.
As per my concern there is no negativity possible in meditation.
Also there no disadvantages found regarding meditation.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
19 answers
Several scientists came with the finding that Practice of Meditation increase the alpha waves production, is it the only finding we have till date or any new findings are there?
Relevant answer
Answer
Please go through the following RG link and PDF attachments.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
16 answers
I'm currently studying for an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, and am researching the effects of meditation and mindfulness on creativity and creative writing for therapeutic purposes. I was hoping for advice on research/ readings?
Relevant answer
Answer
Please also take a look at these useful RG links and PDF attachments.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
1 answer
Stanisław Barańczak no doubt translated John Donne's Meditation XVII into the Polish language (most probably as Medytacja XVII). Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, the available databases and bibliographies do not include the precise bibliographical reference to that translation. I will be very grateful to anyone able to provide it to me.
Relevant answer
Answer
Donne, John. John Donne: 77 Wierszy, trans. and ed. Stanisław Barańczak. (Biblioteczka PoetÓw Jézyka Angielskiego, Vol. 16, gen. ed. Stanisław Barańczaka.) 2nd. ed. KrakÓw: Wydawn Znak. 224p. First ed., 1984.
Presents a general introduction to Donne’s life and poetry (5–[14]), followed by translations into Polish (with English texts on the opposite page) of 34 selections from the Songs and Sonets, 8 elegies, 10 epigrams, Sat3, Storm, Calm, Goodf, the Holy Sonnets, Christ, Sickness, and Father (16–197) with notes (200–13). Concludes with a selected bibliography (214–16), an alphabetical list of the English and Polish titles of poems (217–20), and a table of contents (221–[25]).
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
1 answer
I am planning to conduct a study to asses the impact of the Twin Hearts Meditation on females with breast cancer. I plan to use pre and post scales to assess the depression levels in my participants. Many people recommended the Zung depression self-rating scale. Is it suitable or should I find a better scale?
Relevant answer
Recently I read an article on the subject and they used the PHQ9, it has been applied in patients with breast cancer, so I could consider it or investigate a little more about it.
Regards.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
2 answers
I am doing meditation where life satisfaction is a mediator between Tourism Impact and Quality of life and I want to compare this model in two regions. Do I have to check the mediation in both the region separately or there is any other way? kindly suggest a way.....
Relevant answer
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
5 answers
I am currently working on final analysis for my study. My research model contains the constructs which plays the role of mediating and moderate role. I would like to know the method to be used in SPSS or AMOS to find out the same. Also would like to know the best option which is useful.
Relevant answer
Answer
The use of PLS allows simultaneous testing of connexions among variables. Hence, using PLS, the research hypotheses are simultaneously tested. Also, as opposed to other multivariate techniques, PLS has no reliance upon the normality assumption (distribution-free). This is owes to PLS being non-parametric in nature. Still, for assessment of local model, there should be consideration on assumptions including multicollinearity and goodness of fit indices.
I agree with @Florian Schuberth in regarding to account for the attenuation bias introduced by measurement errors, you have to use PLSc to confirm your results.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
5 answers
There are different meditation techniques .I want to know specifically rajyoga meditation practiced by Brahma Kumari's
Relevant answer
Answer
Research follows scientific methods, and thus standardized procedures are necessary for the accurate interpretation of data obtained. Meditation being an umbrella term, there is no standardized protocol used for research purpose. But specific meditation practices, if they are scientific, will have certain pre-determined properties that must be followed by all researchers to make the results comparable.
Let me give an example. Mindfulness meditation is one of the most widely used meditation technique used in psychological researches. There is no single standardized form of mindfulness, but there are several mindfulness-based interventions, developed for and standardized among specific populations. For instance, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MCBT), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement and so on have separate and specific set of goals and applicable in a particular population alone. What is required for stress reduction among people with mood disorders will be totally different from relapse prevention after smoking cessation. And, the procedures must also be standardized to ensure good reliability and validity.
The above mentioned techniques will yield comparable results because they all utilizes mindfulness skills for reducing clinical symptoms and promoting healthy behaviors. Duration for each therapy is also similar - approximately eight week to ten weeks on average.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
6 answers
Hello Deep Thinkers,
Would like to invite you to become involved in a discussion related to my research on wage-earners/blue-collar workers and their avoidance of Mind-Body Practices (i.e., yoga and meditation) to manage stress. More specifically, why are wage-earners so under-engaged in meditation and/or yoga for stress relief in or out of the workplace, in-spite of re-enforcing positive health literature on Mind-Body Interventions?
Thank you in advance for your time and attention,
MC Palasi
Relevant answer
Answer
Hi Mary,
The topic is interesting. Though not exactly similar but my area of work is - preference and choice in CAM and conventional medicine.
Meditation/yoga are part of complementary medicine and the effect of the same are not particularly understood by people at blue collar level, specially in underdeveloped and developed countries. Where yoga is understood as a form of exercise than its integrated mind body perspective and blue collar workers, mostly being active physical workers feels no further need for it.
Secondly, in most of the countries till date expenditure made on Yoga/Meditation is not covered by insurance.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
14 answers
Meditation practices from India have attracted the interest of experimental neuroscience for many decades, with very interesting but also controversial and sometimes contradictory results. The leaders in these practices, like the Dalay Lama, have indicated their anti-dogmatism in relation to any (extra)ordinary claim of these practices. Have these occidental studies of meditation rescue appropriately the original Indian techniques ?
Some researchers indicate that the results of these studies should not be misconstrued as therapeutic effects. They should not be taken as evidence for truly therapeutic effectiveness...Recent results suggest that there is not clear positive effects on mindful breath awareness practice, for instance (Schöne B, Gruber T, Graetz S, Bernhof M, Malinowski P 2018 "Mindful breath awareness meditation facilitates efficiency gains in brain networks: A steady-state visually evoked potentials study" Sci Rep. Sep 12;8(1):13687. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32046-5).
If there are important issues in this remarkable and ancient introspective effort of India, what should be the correct way to study meditation by neuroscientists?
Relevant answer
Answer
See our related Project
Breathing rhythm, body posture, slow physical exercises and introspective techniques: interactions with chronic pain and biomechanics.
Goal: Goals: In this independent, full-free project, (1) we will study theoretically and empirically how chronic pain can be affected by the way we breath and move our body. Conversely, (2) we will study how chronic pain can modulate our movements, breathing patterns and cognitive processes. SPANISH: En este proyecto independiente, totalmente libre, estudiaremos de forma teórica y empírica cómo el dolor crónico puede verse afectado por la forma en que respiramos y movemos nuestro cuerpo. A la inversa, estudiaremos cómo el dolor crónico puede modular nuestros movimientos, patrones de respiración y procesos cognitivos. Related/previous work: Gomez-M JF 2014 Chrono-rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis. Short Presentation. Meeting with ALEM, Multiple sclerosis Association Medical School. CES University, Colombia. 2014. See researchgate.net
Date: 13 July 2018
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
1 answer
Hin
I don't seem to find any further details on the project. I'm quite curious about the project as I've been practicing regular (1-2 hours / day) meditation for many years and have find it immensely helpful in personal, professional and social life. So I would be very interested to know bit more about the project. Many thanks.
Asta
Relevant answer
Answer
Hi - sorry
This is not my projekt
R. Gielen
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
Hello,
I am writing my thesis on the effects of mindfulness meditation on reading in dyslexic children and I am looking for research on how reading works in the brain (what areas of the brain are activated, what mechanisms are involved...) that I would like to relate to the areas of the brain that are activated during meditation.
I know that now, thanks to neuroimaging, we have more accurate data but I can't find any solid documents on it.
Thank you for reading my message and I hope to find answers here.
Good continuation in your work and research.
Sandrine BRASSE
Bonjour,
Je fais mon mémoire sur les effets de la méditation de pleine conscience sur la lecture des enfants dyslexiques et je cherche des recherches sur le fonctionnement de la lecture dans le cerveau (quelles zones du cerveau sont activées, quels mécanismes sont mis en jeu ...) que j'aimerais mettre en relation avec les zones du cerveau qui sont activées pendant la méditation.
je sais que maintenant, grâce à la neuro imagerie, nous avons des données plus précises mais je ne trouvent pas de documents solides là dessus.
Merci d'avoir lu mon message et j'espère trouver ici des réponses.
Bonne continuation dans vos travaux et vos recherches.
Sandrine BRASSE
Relevant answer
Answer
I try to answer not with what i studied for my neurology exam.
Reading is a really complex function, which, in the normal person, actually stresses out several different brain skills as auditory, visuospatial and logic ones.
Basically in the individual without hearing problems, reading, both with loud voice or in his mind, means transforming the graphems into their correspondant sound, and after having "heard" it understanding through wernicke's area ad insular language centre.
People who, themselves, have hearing problems since their birth, are probably able to skip this two-phase process and, directly send the graphems to be logic matched with a meaning in the language area, without converting them into sound.
Sounds clear that the temporoparietal networks where the recognition of graphems as meaningful visual elements must function in order to keep this process, and it is here, where the visual part of reading happens, that dyslexia happens, if something goes wrong.
You can find these information on Adams and Victor's principles of Neurology.
Good luck for your thesis!
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
8 answers
I'm researching about side effects of meditation and another spiritual practices (like reiki). Sometimes call me patients with these kinds of problems: emptiness, kundalini emergence, dark night of the soul, anxiety crisis or depression symptoms after a meditation retreat, etc.
For these reasons I write this article:
But there are not many works in this way, and less about treatment of these patients. Do you know about it?
Relevant answer
Answer
Thank you for your question and also your interesting paper which is well researched. Yes I do have experience with side effects of meditation - both from teaching a method of meditation known as Arka Dhyana (Intuitive Meditation) (this method has certain similarities with Prayer of the Heart) and as a cranio sacral therapist where I some times attend people with crisis often arising from unexpected spiritual awaking.
What I missed in your article (and maybe in many articles on meditation), is a real understanding regarding the goals of meditation - however one answers this, will in the end direct the energies. It would have been an interesting question (goal of each individual) to have included in your survey. I have researched the method I teach - and have two articles on it and my thesis. You can see them on RG. As the method I teach is involved with knowing one's true essence or Self, anything that impedes this has to come to the light. This is well known in Indian spirituality. The first sheath around the physical body one will access, is the emotional body. And with a quick glance at your research I would like to suggest that many of the participants seem to be stuck here.- even negation of emotions is, in my humble opinion, is not to be fully open to the deeper Self.
To be truly spiritual, one has to be emotional - but to get to the true emotions one has to go through all the dross of the surface layers. This, I warn my students, is not easy. But having been through that layer myself, in my courses I often act not only as a meditation teacher, but as a therapist. Most feel this really helps them. The IM method involves certain level (the Six Man levels of Consciousness - Srinivas Arka 2013). The journey is from the thinking mind to the emotional heart to Pure Consciousness. Once the pupil has gone through the emotional sheath, the rest of the sheaths are much easier. (at least that has been my finding to date, with still more of the journey to unfold.) Also in Intuitive Meditation it is not about the death of the ego (maybe related to Buddhist practices) but to humbling the ego.(except in the experience of Cosmic or Christ consciousness there is no ego, but this vision is Grace - not brought about by the "desire" of the practitioner nor the practice in itself)
In my research I was careful not to put all methods into the same basket as they differ in many fundamental ways!
If you would like more information, please contact me - I also live in Spain.
Warm regards Tina
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
6 answers
e.g. my book (French version) title is La Passion musicale. Une sociologie de la médiation -- not méditation!!
Relevant answer
Answer
There is an auto corrector that can check an correct spelling mistakes. You may proofread your text before posting it.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
Dear Researchers,
I'm looking for neuroscience article on different type of emotion and how they influence our daily routines behaviours. I'm looking for type of emotion, feeling/affect and causes
Any sugegstion would be much appreciated
Thanks
Angok
Relevant answer
Answer
Dear Angok.
Neuroscintist Antonio Damasio has written a lot about emotions and fellings and their influence on one's behavior. You can proffit a lot from reading him.
As I see it, emotions are, say, the energizer of one's behavior.
Best regards,
Olando
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
My first attempt in thesis was a subject of missalignment and too many dimensions of investigation. I‘m researching the moderation effect of media news on levels of trust and stress at work. My first dissertation advisor missed to propose some of the important suggestions about my thesis. At this point I would like to use existing data to perform moderation/medition effect of media news on the trust-stress relationship.
The problem I encounter is how to define media news variable and transform it from categorical into continuous.
Social information - media news variable description:
- in the first attempt media news were fixed factor
- media news has been assmebled with real TVmedia news collected from three different media houses from their internet portals
- positive media news relates to the connotation of presented content (four different news clipped in one video of total length 8:44)
- negative media news relates to the connotation of presented content (5 different news clipped in one video of total length 8:46)
- there were three different interventions:
  • positive media exposure
  • negative media exposure
  • no media exposure
If I want to measure mediation/moderation effect I have to transform media variable into continuous variable. Any suggestions?
Variables and hypothesis:
How media news moderates the relationship between trust and stress levels at work? Measuring the moderation effect - the moderator variable is manipulated:
1. Moderator - intervention
a) Positive media news = 1
b) Negative media news = 2
c) No intervention = 3
2. Causal variable - Trust:
a) Low
b) High
3. Outcome variable - Stress:
a) Perceived stress levels = ordinal (Lickert scale) transformed into low/high - dichotomous 
b) Psychophysiological response to stress = continuous
(delta resistence) - (low/high) - dichotomous
Hypothesis: 1. NH: There is no change in stress levels when media news moderates trust levels. 
2. H1: When trust is low, perceived stress levels are high.
3. H2: When trust is high, perceived stress levels are low.
4. H3: When trust is low, psychophysiological response to stress is high.
5. H4: When trust is high, psychophysiological response to stress is low.
Relevant answer
Answer
Daniel Wright and
Ajit kumar Roy
thank you for your intervention. As I mentioned, I have already written my first attempt of thesis and it was rejected due to alignment problem and because of vaguity of research (I wanted to measure too many things at the same time by using MANOVA). Now, I have focused my research on mediation/moderation effect of media news, but I am not sure how to approach the problem of variables. Media news (social information) is packed as I have described above. Trust variable was measured with TrustMe questionnaire (lickert scale 1-5), while stress was measured with PSS scale for perceived stress (lickert scale 1-5) and GSR mouse for psycho-physiological response to stress where resistance from 0-3,5V, where high values represents high resistance and low-stress response, and low values mean low resistance and high-stress response. Why not a pilot study? At this point I want to use collected data and make sense of it in thesis. (This situation is a result of poor communication between my dissertation adviser and me). As I have understood the theory, there are some assumption that need to be met before starting the statistical test that measures the mediation/moderation effect (http://davidakenny.net/cm/mediate.htm; http://davidakenny.net/cm/moderation.htm).
All variables are:
  1. Gender
  2. Age
  3. Role
  4. Group (by the intervention)
  5. Trust levels
  6. Perceived stress levels
  7. GSR - psycho-physiological response to stress
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
10 answers
I mean, new wave for peace, should have a what new trait?
For example, religious mans say the meditation can help peace (with positive waves) and sometimes they are right!!
Can you help me for identity these waves?
Relevant answer
Answer
Yes..feel more at ease.
How can we measure "feeling". How can we see "thoughts". Why is a life so important? Why are people like Me and You spending our life to save a "life". What happens after I die? Why does it matter?
History is full of people/emperors/kingdoms who vanished and were destroyed. Who once ruled and killed and looted. And today no one remembers them. Many hate them. Does emotions matter?
Because of one word : me, I, my...
When I think I'm right, and I know more..
Thats when I can never think outside the box. I can never think critically, although I may think that I Do quite a bit of critical thinking.
I can never travel the world.. and learn other's languages. And see how different they live. Yet, better than I ever did. And how much knowledge I've missed!!. .so many effective herbs as medicines I've never heard of. Without any side effects! And I have alot more to learn. ..if I will.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
8 answers
I am considering applying for PhD in Interaction Design / HCI, but I was wondering if anyone might have some tips on what topic to focus on for my proposal.
I am thinking about focusing on something related to smell based interfaces to help users with meditation/sleep/age factors etc.
OR wearable technology to help with depression/stress.
Relevant answer
Answer
Tehrim Khaliq Indeed , smell based impairment is very rare work. I mean with the accessibility and web accessibility terms how to facilitate interaction and knowledge acquiring tasks for different types of the disabilities.
I have worked in this track for time, If you're interested please refer to my profiel and feel free to contact me.
Regards
Samaa
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
2 answers
I wonder whether anyone may be able to share anecdotal evidence regarding the efficacy or otherwise of binaural beats stimuli on things like meditation, lucid dreaming, dreaming, creativity, sleep, shamanic journey meditation, cognition, concentration, imagination, visualization, etc?
Relevant answer
Answer
Thanks Michael, I'll try to follow that up.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
12 answers
The Integrative Medicine is gaining popularity and acceptance as it consists of many healing therapies to treat many diseases. In mini form it is existing in India as Ayurved doctors always prescribes medicine, diet, yoga, meditation, mantra etc. but the present emerging IM is covering many existing therapies so domain is wider. There is need of a post-graduate course of general integrative medicine open for all medical graduates. As it advances the specialty integrative post graduate course may be introduced like integrative cardiology etc.
Relevant answer
Answer
please checkot my web site www.livingbrain.eu
and read about salutogenesis e.i. medicine of health = integrative or holistic medicine
jerzy
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
These are theories with which I'm familiar so far:
1) Attention Restoration Theory
2) Predictive and Reactive Control
3) Natural settings evoke meditative-like states (which in turn reduce rumination, which prompts a sympathetic nervous system trend towards a more relaxed state)
What other compelling theories are out there that specifically address (or at least explore) the neural, psychological and/or biological mechanisms by which interaction with nature helps to reduce stress...?
(Responses that include links to quality resources would be appreciated.)
Many thanks!
Catherine
Relevant answer
Answer
I think that it can be useful to explore the hypothesis that staying for a while in a natural environment can change our daily activity priority list, inducing us to give more importance to our own material necessities ( food, physical safety, etc.) and less importance to social necessities ( linked to appearance and power for example ). This condition could reset our reward and self esteem psycological balance. .Also, natural environnment for his natural importance and beauty could help us to find a narcisistic balance that in a artificial environnment we could find more difficult to get ( for example, if I enjoiy walking in the wood near my home I dont have to go walking in a crowded and far commercial mall.).
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
What is a thought?
As there are many different ways of approaching this question, different disciplinary approaches, it can be analysed across more than one domain.
Counter intuitively, a thought can feel immaterial. Yet it is a result of material causes, such as activation of neuron pathways, in the brain. However, a thought is not just a matter of isolated physical properties. It is not in a vacuum. It occurs as a result of experience, learning and a plethora of social cultural factors. To answer what a thought is, is a challenging task which succinctly require thought.
The challenging nature of this question could be a consequence of the variety of meanings commonly intended in language. It could also be due to the nature of studying consciousness. Can you truly see yourself seeing yourself? In essence, a thought is always a subjective mental phenomenon, can it therefore be measured? However, as a point of meditation, it is connected both in cause and affect to many other things. An external event may induce a degree of thoughtfulness but, the resulting thought can consequently alter the state of that from which it originated. Therefore it is not static but dynamic. A thought can change a person but it can also eventually change the landscape, or environment in which it resides, what does that really mean?
From a reductionist standpoint, a thought has both mechanisms which underlie and functions which overlay. Therefore, perhaps it could be argued that thought is also in the place between. Is there a way to measure that place or is it purely conceptual?
Thanks in part to popular movies and novels, which are by no means nonfiction but may reflect some truth. Often thoughts can be seen as verbal. Possibly accompanied by memory and feeling. Maybe ideas or plans to act or engage, what to expect. In this sense a thought can be discussed as a creative, articulate function of our brains. Further to this would it better to ask, what is not a thought?
Relevant answer
Answer
I can have a particular thought ("Desdemona is tall", "There's beer in the fridge", "Whew! That was a close call!", "That's painful.") but thoughts are largely unarticulated and uncountable. The question how many thoughts did you have this morning is unanswerable. So any attempts to generally identify thoughts corresponding to states or processes in the brain seems hopeless. Moreover, although we can imagine "geographic" boundaries for parts of brain states or processes inasmuch they are confined to specific regions, we cannot do that for thoughts (what would constitute half of the thought that Desdemona is tall?).
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
7 answers
Vipassana meditation has been addressed by various authors. But none mentioned the relationship with self psychoanalysis. I believe it is related, based on my own experience. I wonder anybody has similar experience.
Relevant answer
Answer
Added thoughts. I did 3 week-long holotropic breathwork and Vipassana intensives in the 1990s led by Jack Kornfield and Christina and Stan Grof. This was life transformative for me. The holotropic breathwork released visions (images, vivid hallucinatory visuals, somatic and movement phenomena), the prima materia of abuse, trauma, self-blockages, 'past lives', birth trauma, etc. Then small groups were given paper and cray-pas to record their experiences. Finally, Samatha/Vipassana was used for individuals to integrate what was released plus new material arising in meditation with compassion, wisdom and insight. My breathwork released a major repressed childhood trauma memory, which was stored physically in my body, and Grof himself released by pushing into pain-tension areas. This convinced me that Freud was right about existence of 'repression' (despite his variable causal hypotheses) and the psychologists who believed no such thing and only forgetting or false memories were basically ignorant both on an academic and personal level. Vipassana was very helpful in integrating the released memories in relation to the mass of human suffering (dukkha) and compassion and lovingkindness to begin a healing process.
During my weekly Vajrayana sangha practice, which aims at neither 'no-self' nor 'self' nor 'no-thought' but the interminable allowing thoughts, sensations, and internal dialogues to arise as they will, and then returning to concentration, as a creative intuitive feeling person, I displace (or de-place) from such a contemplative technique (i.e., subject-object relationship) to allow feeling of pure awareness, which sometimes results in stunning spiritual-psychological insights and creative responses to scholarly research problems, interpersonal issues, and somatic challenges.
I must also add that building on my Grof-Kornfield holotropic experiences I have found Body Sensing retreats extremely valuable to continue self-exploration. Here I recommend Richard Miller (iRest, etc.) and teachings of the late Joan Ruvinsky, trained by Jean Klein. Now when I do Vajrayana meditation I like to add in a complete body-sensing of the -- in my teaching -- nine chakra regions of the body, the 3x3 trikaya bodies, from crown to muladhara and reverse (hint of Taoist 'circumambulation of the light'). This I find very helpful in entering into deep meditation (Dzogchen-style). To repeat earlier comment, I do not seek 'non-thought emptiness or no-mind'. I seek release of tensions and relaxation into the trikaya, with by-product of mental, spiritual and artistic creativity.
Best regards
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
There are precedents such as those made by Dr. Andrew Newberg in which meditative or religious activities such as prayer can cause the brain to have greater activity at the level of the frontal lobes of the brain. These protocols can be applied to more dynamic activities
Relevant answer
Answer
You could also try motor imagery during fMRI. Kinesthetic or visual imagery can be quantified through certain questionnaires. As an example see here:
I think, experts in martial arts vs. novices or laymen could produce interesting and strong effects.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
15 answers
I want to know about mindfulness, its advantages if any.
Please do not attach any file. Be precise in your reply.
Thanks
Relevant answer
Answer
Comparing mindfulness to the concept of meditation in eastern philosophy, mindfulness is not meditation. It is and exercise to be aware of present moment.
Researches have proved that it has benefits in day-to-day life.
The objective of meditation (esp. in eastern philosophy) and mindfulness is totally different.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
5 answers
I have a model which is to compare the outcomes of two competing IVs (testing which has more of a magnitudinal effect) on two DVs/outcomes, through 1 mediating variable.
Basically how do I analyse through SEM? I realise I have two full mediation models but I then to compare the full mediation models against each other and I dont know if I can do this through SEM?
I am not particularly bothered about the magnitude comparison of the mediation variable effect its just to show it has an effect on the DVs - its the magnitude of the outcomes from the IVs that I am focusing on.
Also can it be done using SPSS?
Thank you!
Relevant answer
Answer
Alex,
I would strongly recommend first making sure that you have an appropriate design for testing mediation.
See:
Fiedler, K., Harris, C., & Schott, M. (2018). Unwarranted inferences from statistical mediation tests–An analysis of articles published in 2015. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 75, 95-102.
Kline, R. B. (2015). The mediation myth. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 37(4), 202-213.
If the answer is yes (and it often is not), I would start here:
Sardeshmukh, S. R., & Vandenberg, R. J. (2017). Integrating moderation and mediation: A structural equation modeling approach. Organizational Research Methods, 20(4), 721-745.
Briefly, this can be done in SEM by freely estimating the paths you want to compare, and then testing that model against a model in which you constrain the paths to equality. However, you should take into account the recommendation for "full" versus "partial" mediation from the papers cited above.
I do not think the specific test you are interested in can be conducted in SPSS, but I may be wrong.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
6 answers
I need a questionnaire which can measure performance of individual who are undergoing in meditation very first time.
Relevant answer
Answer
Thanks Mohammed for suggestion. I am rather interested in type of questionnaire which suggests positive outcomes of meditation either through cognitive or emotion.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
During the period between 2010 and September 2017 We treated over 1500 psoriasis cases. There was disappearance of signs and symptoms of psoriasis in many cases after discontinuing Wrightia tinctoria herbal usage for  a period of 5 to 7 years. The patients are advised to follow healthy dieting and healthy life style. No smoking, no drinking and no soft drinks or juices with preservatives,. Night fasting in sleep. No animal protein. Maintain regular physical activity preferably Yoga or exercise. Regular excretion of waste body metabolites through sweat, urine, stool and breathe. To keep positive emotions and to meditate.
Relevant answer
Answer
Professeur honoraire Faculté Libre de Médecine de Lille.
La manifestation clinique comme la disparition du psoriasis dépendent de si nombreux facteurs, qu'on simplifie l'étude de son étiologie en évoquant "l'environnement", "la prédisposition" les "HLA...", quel qu'en soit la clinique, puisqu'il peut être cutané et/ou arthropatique, sa définition anatomo-pathologique étant l'abcès de Munro et Sabouraud.
Il en est de même pour l'eczéma, ou "les eczémas" qui ont pour caractère commun la spongiose, alors qu'il est lui aussi en équation avec une pathologie "interne", l'asthme...
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
11 answers
Dualism and non-dualism have been discussed by humans from different cultures for millennia. Despite the growth of research into meditation and mindfulness there has been very little work in this particular field. There are extensive expositions of nondual awareness in a number of spiritual and philosophical traditions but little contemporary scientific enquiry (that I have found). I'd welcome signposts to work in the same or related fields to supplement the few papers so far discovered.
Relevant answer
Answer
Dear
My view and approach IS non-dualistic scientific enquiry (w/r to human behavioral science) . Any nature/nurture debates resolve as well as other dualistic and contentious issues, e.g. continuous development vs. abrupt changes. I have stated my basic position (esp.: large paper: "A Human Ethogram ... ") and provide full explication in 100s of essays. See
and
Deleted research item The research item mentioned here has been deleted
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
Hey everyone!
We are currently designing an eye-tracking experiment which aims at assessing the effects of complex verbal stimuli (varying emotional valence and intensity) on gaze patterns. I am also measuring physilogical indicators (heart rate, EDA).
Between the emotion inducing stimuli participants will do a short breathing meditation with an emphasis on the outbreath. We do this in order to "neutralize" affect and increase parasympathetic activity as we are concerned with affect "spilling over" between trials.
I know that the parasymphatetic system is slower than the sympathetic but have not found literature on grounds of which I can make an informed decision on the duration of the meditation phase. Do you have any advice/literature for me on that one?
Thanks a lot!
Relevant answer
Answer
You can take a baseline heart rate before starting, and then after the stimulus and during the relaxation exercise you watch the heart rate and decide it is ok when it is down to the baseline. Good luck!
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
1 answer
Nothing more to add.
Relevant answer
Answer
Why not do both? One is an integration, another is a differentiation.
Sleep sometimes feels like a differentiation though too in a way.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
2 answers
When we enter a meditative state [of mind] which suggests emptying our minds of thoughts, does our "drawing" tend to resemble a blank sheet of paper? Is this sheet of paper truly blank because it does not host a drawing of a thought though? Or, is this simply the depiction of all negative space without being interrupted by positive space?
Relevant answer
Answer
@Mary
Your question reminds me of a Zen tale I heard from the maverick composer John Cage (presented in his book Silence)
In a competition for selecing a Haiku Master, in which no participant could know what the others compose, the 2nd prize winning haiku said: The mind is a mirror, it collects dust. The 1st prize winning question was: Where is the mirror? Where is the dust?
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
I have used colour tents as outlined in the paper co-authored with Gordon Dutton January 2015.
Tent like spaces are being used by teachers and parents as a calming space as well as for a visual stimulus.
This idea of colour and colour light tents could be of value in your project.
Relevant answer
Answer
I am aware of interventions employing special rooms (multi-sensory room - Snoezelen) for patients with severe mental retardation, and their positive effect (e.g., Fava, L., & Strauss, K. (2010). Multi-sensory rooms: Comparing effects of the Snoezelen and the Stimulus Preference environment on the behavior of adults with profound mental retardation. Research in developmental disabilities, 31(1), 160-171.)
I agree that employing ad-hoc environments, fostering calm and focused attention, could be an interesting mean to facilitate meditation practice in certain populations, such as elderly or novice in general.
I would be interested in receiving your presentations.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
I would prefer using the BMIS, but I really need help in choosing the "right one". 
I want to measure the mood before and after meditation. I already took a lot of data with the BMIS, but I see a lot of PANAS recently.
Any response is appreciated! (I answer 100%)
Thank you!!!
Tags: Mood scale, BMIS, PANAS
Relevant answer
Answer
Thank you! I tried and the BMIS is definetly better for my purpose! :-D
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
As a Vipassana student, and as a therapist and researcher, I am  interested in the current research on the effects of Vipassana (Goenka school). Thanks
Relevant answer
Answer
Michael Pagis wrote a dissertation in Sociology following ethnographic work with the Vipassana community in the US and Israel, and she has published several articles that might be of interest:
Pagis, Michal. (2015). “Evoking Equanimity: Silent Interaction Rituals in Vipassana Meditation Retreats.” Qualitative Sociology.
Pagis, Michal. (2010) “From Abstract Concepts to Experiential Knowledge: Embodying Enlightenment in a Meditation Center.” Qualitative Sociology 33 469-489
Pagis, Michal. (2010) “Producing Intersubjectivity in Silence: An Ethnography of Meditation Practices.” Ethnography 11: 309-328
Pagis, Michal. (2009) “Embodied Self-Reflexivity.” Social Psychology Quarterly 72: 265-283.
My Phd research in Sociology was a comparative study focused on Thich Nhat Hanh’s mindfulness and S. N. GOenka’s Vipassana. I’ve recently published an article focusing on the ecological dimension of meditative practices (including Vipassana):
Carvalho, António (2017), "Ecologies of the Self in Practice - meditation, affect and ecosophy", Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 99, 2, 207-222
I hope this helps!
Best wishes,
António
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
Hello! This study seems very interesting. I am not familiar with visual and audial modalities as an object, but know something about working with breath as an object. There are some meditation frameworks that strongly connected to the breath-say 9 stages Shamatha practise. On later stages some special breath-related technics used there in order to achieve the higher «resolution» and attention «volume». (I mean breath following and body breathing technics). I can’t imaging how it’s possible (and is it possible) to use it with different modalities within this framework. So, in my opinion, though choosing the «right» modality could be helpful in earlier stages to help to stabilize attention, it could the obstacle in later stages (at least in some types of meditation). What do you think?
Relevant answer
Answer
Agree. Thank you for your answers
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
I notice that you consider meditation to be, or to require training. Is this the essence of this research project? Is the goal to writa a report, do research, or what? I'm a meditation teacher (NSR meditation), and I've also done some pilot research on NSR.
Relevant answer
Answer
Techniques like Transcendental Meditation™ and Natural Stress Relief have been around for a long time, and honed through the experiences of many students or clients. Furthermore,they are based on ancient spiritual techniques developed in India, perhaps thousands of years old.
Modern derived or invented "instruction sets" that are essentially unvalidated should not be published, as their effects might not be completely known and positive. The ethics of instructing anyone in this way is questionable. Also, teaching someone silent mantra meditation without providing support follow-up is also ethically questionable. If you publish instructions, someone may use them to teach people.
Furthermore, I have not received your reply to my previous legal request for you to remove any references to NSR meditation (Natural Stress Relief), our papers, or our websites from your publications. We do not wish to be associated with your research, which may or may not have included unauthorized quotations from copyrighted NSR instructional materials.
We would have no problem with research conducted from the beginning in cooperation with the Transcendental Meditation™ organization, or ourselves, but your invention of mental techniques having unknown effects on the lives of experimental subjects or other people is unconscionable, in my opinion.
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
Intuitive question:
Meditation normally trains the mind of a person to think only in what the person wants, trains the mind to avoid "bad" or "unrelated" thoughts, and allows the person to think only in what he wants to think. (All this is generally speaking). 
Creativity can normally arise (or be seen) when two different fields or ideas are merge together, or thought together... 
For this reason, I wonder myself if there is any study focusing on this aspect. (Because I also have heard the opposite)
Thank you all. !
Relevant answer
Answer
As there are different kinds of meditation, I believe that some will increase creativity more than others. There are also different kind if creative processes. your question therefore open the way to many considerations at an intriguing fields. 
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
9 answers
Do you know papers that sum up the scientific (physiological or psychological) results on the personal experiences of energy (prana, deqi), characterized often by body sensations (tingling, warmth), linked mostly to oriental/contemplative and body-oriented healing methods?
How would you explain scientifically if your research participants reported to feel a warm tingling flow of energy, when focus on body / practice some meditative method? Were these experiences linked to
  • acute local and systemic physiological changes (EMG, SC, ECG, EEG, fMRI)
  • or mental processes (attention, memory, emotion)...?
Which we already found: Hui et al., 2007; Raingruber & Robinson, 2007; Beissner, 2015 e.g.
Relevant answer
Answer
Dear Benedek, bullshit is a philosophical term. I take myself the freedom to use it whenever I find it appobiate. When it comes to religion I have heard more offensive arguments during the last few years.
This is an open discussion and you should learn to accept other arguments and believes. We are discussing here hopefully in a quite open way. So this is not your personal partyroom nor is it your personal website where you can invite people or ask them to leave in case you do not like a certain point of view. Even not if you feel 'offended' or somehow negativly affected (which I can understand in a way). Let me be clear here, Benedek: You have by all means no right to ask me to leave the discussion. I communicate my questions here as I think it is linked to the topic. If you do not want to answer then just do not answer. By all means: Please do not feel forced to comment. I am not forcing you.
I am not talking here about the validity of verbalization. I guess we both know that especially when it comes to certain mediated processes sometimes there is no other way then to rely on self-report. As I said to you I do not think that there is necessarily a connection between the two. Beside that I clearly explained you why. Go back and read carefully what I wrote.
Subliminal messages are in some parts of psychology (especially advertising psychology) well researched. You can find tons of material when it comes to this topic. If my question was too much pioneer thinking for you... and by that you feel 'offended'... then feel offended. I really do not feel much responsible for your feelings. Indeed I give not so much when it comes to your feelings :[[[[[ Yes, I know... I might just be a mean person. But do not forget that people always felt insulted by new ideas :[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
I am currently conducting a study on the relationship between mindfulness meditation and discrimination. One of my hypotheses is that stress-reduction acts as a mediator between the diminishing effect of meditation on discrimination. Thus, in order to control for differences in stress both before and after the brief meditation, I need to find an appropriate that can be used at baseline and after the treatment. 
Relevant answer
Answer
If the participant for any illness or disease remain under the care of medical practitioner they should not change their doctor & carry out their treatment . How ever for the stress is related to mind covering tension ,worries & frustration in such cases the person passing stress has to create initially a normal & quite life & then if he is lucky enough to find out or to come to know any spiritual faith healer he sitting with him or certain days may help him to reduce the stress positively .
While sitting before the person for his stress he must remain straight in his life & after this while undertaking his healing performance due to the  spiritual progress with his power of prayer , & other practices he may pass the vibratory forces with the touch to the center point of his mind he may receive straight vibration which may help him for relaxation & keep him calm .
With this program of few sitting he may certainly remain comfortable & get himself relaxed in his stress .
This is my personal opinion 
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
Dear all 
Reflection is an important step in students knowledge gathering. But I am wondering what happens in the brain both at neurological level as well as in the parts of the brain involved?  Thanks tot your answers .
Bob
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
4 answers
I have considered Positive Psychology, Locus of Control, Self Efficacy, Self-fulfilling prophecy, Self-help literature and Philosophy. So I would specifically like to know if there is research in regards to focussing on abundance, gratitude, focussing behaviours and thoughts upon what you want to attract, mentalisation, meditation and mindfulness. Or if there are any arguments against this idea.
Relevant answer
Answer
Any individual for any action of our life we have to take recourse to a mind & brain . Initially for our thinking shape of action & why carrying out our action it is likely that we may not experienced exerted line of action . In such cases we cannot afford to remain in the contemplative mood .For this we must move towards a positive line of thinking with our concentration & contemplation our mind reacts with the spirit of positive energy action.
With this our positive attitude we can certainly accept the challenge of our life action .For our positive we must have a faith ,determination , & will power & working with said tune of our action we can solve the solution of our problems & action 
This is my personal opinion 
  • asked a question related to Meditation
Question
3 answers
about a mechanism
Relevant answer
Answer
Dear Ennas,
Please check out the following paper: