Neuroscience Meditation Catalog
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AREA FUNCTIONAFFECTED HOWTYPE OF MEDITATION & TRADITIONSOURCESLEVELS OF MEDITATION
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Thalamus (turned on or off)Turned on or off
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Anterior Insula (shined bright during)Glowing bright in fMRIambiguously referred to as "Buddhist meditation", speculate that its "Mindfulnes".http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3082218/?tool=pubmed
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Hippocampus (growing)GrowthMBSRhttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm
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Amygdala (shrinking, coupled with increased activity in the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex)Increased densityhttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm
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Temporal parietal junctures (stronger activation levels)
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Left prefrontal cortex (the seat of positive emotions such as happiness) swamped activity in the right prefrontal (site of negative emotions and anxiety)Compassion Meditationhttp://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/web/News/Meditation_Alters_Brain_WSJ_11-04.htm
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Increased and sustained Gamma wave activityCompassion Meditationhttp://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/web/News/Meditation_Alters_Brain_WSJ_11-04.htm
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Anterior Prefrontal Cortex ( increase blood-oxygen levels)Zen meditationhttp://ibcsr.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=337:research-shows-how-meditation-affects-the-brain&catid=25:research-news&Itemid=59
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Serotonin levels increased"Zen meditation"http://ibcsr.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=337:research-shows-how-meditation-affects-the-brain&catid=25:research-news&Itemid=59
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Alpha wave activities increasedMBSRhttp://ibcsr.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=337:research-shows-how-meditation-affects-the-brain&catid=25:research-news&Itemid=59
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