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Title: Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Richard J. Davidson
Jon Kabat-Zin
Jessica Schumacher
Melissa Rosenkranz
Daniel Muller
Saki Santorelli
Urbanowski, Ferris
Anne Harrington, 1960-
Katherine Bonus
John F. Sheridan

Description: This is a study pubished in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine on the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain and immune system. Participants in the study engaged in an 8-week training program of mindfulness meditation that was to be applied in participant's work environment (a biotechnology company in Madison, Wisconsin). Experimenters measured brain activity in the experimental and control group and vaccinated both groups with an influenza vaccine. Results showed that meditators had increased activation in the left prefrontal cortex and a greater response to the influenza vaccine (greater production of antibody titers) than the control group. (Zach Rowinski 2004-05-21)

Publisher Place: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Normalized publisher place: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org
Published Date: 2003
URL: http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/cgi/content/abstract/65/4/564?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&author1=davidson&searchid=1085160211190_348&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&journalcode=psychmed
Extent: 7 p.
Subject: Meditation
Meditation research
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Immune system
Prefrontal cortex
Stress reduction
Brain activity
Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Influenza vaccine
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Mindfulness Meditation
Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- International Medicine -- Clinical Studies on Meditation
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Neuroscience -- Brain Imaging -- Meditation Studies
Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- International Medicine -- Mindfulness Based Interventions
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
Source: Pyschosomatic Medicine
Source Editor: David S. Sheps, M.D., M.S.P.H
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 65
Source Page Numbers: 564-570
Start Date: 1939
Frequency of publication: More than four times a year
Submissions: See Psychosomatic Medicine Instructions for Authors
ISBN/ISSN: 1534-7796 (online) 0033-3174 (print)

Means of availability: Articles from Psychosomatic Medicine are available in print or by subscription. Visit their webpage for more information.

Format: Online resource
Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Media type: Text
Resource Type: Article

Published reviews:

Two reviews of this study and responses from its authors in the January 2004 issues of Psychosomatic Medicine:

F. Travis, A. Arenander, and R. J. Davidson.
"EEG asymetry and mindfulness meditation * Response"
Psychosom Med. , January 1, 2004; 66(1): 147 - 148.

J. C. Smith, R. J. Davidson, and J. Kabat-Zinn.
"Alternations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation: three caveats * Response" Psychosom Med. , January 1, 2004; 66(1): 148 - 152.

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