Different Types of Meditation Affect the Brain Differently

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain

A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.

…“This is the first time that meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state.”

On the effects of types of meditation:

In the mindful attention group, the after-training brain scans showed a decrease in activation in the right amygdala in response to all images, supporting the hypothesis that meditation can improve emotional stability and response to stress. In the compassion meditation group, right amygdala activity also decreased in response to positive or neutral images. But among those who reported practicing compassion meditation most frequently outside of the training sessions, right amygdala activity tended to increase in response to negative images – all of which depicted some form of human suffering. No significant changes were seen in the control group or in the left amygdala of any study participants.

Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state

Healthy adults with no prior meditation experience took part in 8 weeks of either Mindful Attention Training (MAT), Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT; a program based on Tibetan Buddhist compassion meditation practices), or an active control intervention.

Does anyone know anything about these meditation techniques? How exactly does one practice them?

Seen on memory-key.com.

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Meditation

You may be surprised to find meditation among brain training techniques. In fact, meditation has been shown to improve some specific cognitive functions, for example attention. That’s why it can be considered as a brain training method. It can help to train the brain through focusing on certain thoughts or mantras. There a lot of different styles of meditation: concentration meditation, mantra, mindfulness meditation, body relaxation, breathing practice, mental imagery.