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Concentration and mindfulness meditations: unique forms of consciousness?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10652635     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings from 19 scalp recording sites were used to differentiate among two posited unique forms of mediation, concentration and mindfulness, and a normal relaxation control condition. Analyzes of all traditional frequency bandwidth data (i.e., delta 1-3 Hz; theta, 4-7 Hz; alpha, 8-12 Hz; beta 1, 13-25 Hz; beta 2, 26-32 Hz) showed strong mean amplitude frequency differences between the two meditation conditions and relaxation over numerous cortical sites. Furthermore, significant differences were obtained between concentration and mindfulness states at all bandwidths. Taken together, our results suggest that concentration and mindfulness "meditations" may be unique forms of consciousness and are not merely degrees of a state of relaxation.
Authors:
B R Dunn; J A Hartigan; W L Mikulas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1090-0586     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-08     Completed Date:  2000-02-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712383     Medline TA:  Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of West Florida, Pensacola 32514, USA. bdunn@ai.uwf.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Consciousness / physiology*
Electroencephalography
Female
Humans
Male
Meditation*
Mental Processes
Relaxation

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