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Patanjali and neuroscientific research on meditation

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The definition of meditation (or yoga) by Patanjali as “restriction (or stilling) of the fluctuations of the mind” may be an appropriate starting point for research on meditation using fMRI. An operational definition of the neural substrate of meditation which is adequate to Patanjalis definition, may be developed on the basis of a non-reductionistic understanding of the neural underpinnings of the mind in terms of dynamical functional brain systems.
Translated title of the contributionPatanjali og neurovidenskabelig udforskning af meditation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number915
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015

    Research areas

  • Patanjali, meditation, brain processes, consciousness, resting state, contrastive method in fMRI, functional brain networks, dynamical systems

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