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Electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements of mindfulness-based Triarchic body-pathway relaxation technique: a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18214668     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The "Triarchic body-pathway relaxation technique" (TBRT) is a form of ancient Chinese mindfulness-based meditation professed to give rise to positive emotions and a specific state of consciousness in which deep relaxation and internalized attention coexist. The purpose of this study was to examine the EEG pattern generated during the practice of this mindfulness exercise, and compare it to music listening which has been shown to induce positive emotions. METHODS: Nineteen college students (aged 19-22 years) participated in the study. Each participant listened to both the TBRT and music audiotapes while EEG was recorded. The order of presentation was counterbalanced to avoid order effect. Two EEG indicators were used: (1) alpha asymmetry index, an indicator for left-sided anterior activation, as measure of positive emotions, and (2) frontal midline theta activity, as a measure for internalized attention. RESULTS: Increased left-sided activation, a pattern associated with positive emotions, was found during both TBRT exercise and music conditions. However, only TBRT exercise was shown to exhibit greater frontal midline theta power, a pattern associated with internalized attention. CONCLUSIONS: These results provided evidence to support that the TBRT gives rise to positive emotional experience, accompanied by focused internalized attention.
Agnes S Chan; Yvonne M Y Han; Mei-Chun Cheung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2008-01-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1090-0586     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-03     Completed Date:  2008-07-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712383     Medline TA:  Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  39-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neuropsychology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR.
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MeSH Terms
Alpha Rhythm
Arousal / physiology
Attention / physiology
Brain Mapping
Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
Emotions / physiology
Frontal Lobe / physiology
Hong Kong
Meditation / methods*,  psychology
Pilot Projects
Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted*
Theta Rhythm

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