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Title: HMPAO-SPECT imaging during intense Tibetan Buddhist meditation
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: A. Newberg
A. Alavi
M. Baime
E. d'Aquili
D. Duncan


Using brain imaging techniques, investigators measured brain activity of an advanced Tibetan Buddhist meditator. The results showed an increase of blood flow during the peak of meditation to the left prefrontal area of the brain. Other areas which showed increase in activity were the right and left thalamus, and caudate nucleus. Areas which showed a deficit in activity were the right sensory-motor cortex and the left hippocampus (with the latter showing a marked decrease). The lateral parietal lobe on the right showed an decrease in activity while the left showed an increase. The results were in accord with a theory of brain activation during meditation from earlier studies.

Note that SPECT (Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) is a brain imaging technique that uses radioactive dyes to track metabolic activity in the brain. (Zach Rowinski 2005-03-05)

Publisher Place: New York, NY
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Normalized publisher place: New York, NY
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.sobp.org/
Published Date: 1995-05-01
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0006-3223(95)94509-U
Subject: Meditation research
Brain activity
Brain imaging
Parietal lobe
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
Frontal cortex
Sensorimotor cortex
Parasympathetic nervous system
Cerebral blood flow
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Neuroscience -- Brain Imaging -- Meditation Studies
Cultural Coverage: Tibet
United States
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
Language: English
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Source URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00063223
Source: Biological Psychiatry
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 37
Source Number: 9
Source Page Numbers: 619
Start Date: 1969
Frequency of publication: More than four times a year
Submissions: See "Information for authors" on the publisher's website
ISBN/ISSN: 0006-3223
Format: Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Resource Type: Article
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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-03-25 14:55:47
Date Last Modified: 2006-05-15 16:48:48
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